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Elevate Parks & Recreation (Tree & Green

Northern Riverwalk Phase 2

Updated Feb 8, 2024

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Phase 2 of the Northern Riverwalk project continues eastward from the previous end point of Phase 1. It features an extended walking trail. This phase of the project is made possible by a 6.65-acre land donation from the Randall family, valued at $1.9 million and that comes in addition to the original 19 acres of land donated which lead to the creation of the Randall Family Park and Trailhead. Future phases are anticipated to extend the length of the trail and amenities along the northern riverfront. 

Tuscaloosa’s Riverwalk on the south bank of the iconic Black Warrior River is one of the most popular destinations in the city. The existing 2.5-mile path extends from the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on the west side to the area adjacent to Randall Way on the east side. Several parks and amenities also exist along the path. The previous phases of the Riverwalk were constructed according to the original 2003 Riverwalk Master Plan, which was updated in 2018. The updates suggested several new phases for the path. Elevate Tuscaloosa is focusing on two areas– the Western Riverwalk south of the river and the Northern Riverwalk north of the river.

Goals and Impact
  • Expand riverfront access in North Tuscaloosa

  • Build upon a popular destination that provides recreational opportunities

  • Improve connectivity by linking the Riverwalk to nearby residential and commercial areas

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