Information Event on Tennessee RiverLine 652 Project at McCracken Library

The city of Paducah is one of five pilot communities working to develop a system of multi-modal trail experiences along the Tennessee River, and the public is invited to an event on August 15 designed to engage the community and share the vision of the project.

The event, "Tennessee RiverLine 652 to YOU," will be Thursday, August 15 from 5-7 pm at the McCracken County Public Library, 555 Washington Street.

The Tennessee RiverLine is considered by many to be North America’s next great regional trail system, with plans for experiences such as paddling, hiking, and biking along the 652-mile Tennessee River from Knoxville, Tennessee, to Paducah. At the event, community members will participate in activities, review displays, and provide feedback on current river access and usage. Plus, ideas are encouraged regarding the river’s economic, social, and environmental development.
Paducah Main Street Director Katie Axt is coordinating the Tennessee RiverLine project for Paducah.  

In a press release, Axt said, “Paducah’s riverfront has wonderful existing recreational activities, including the greenway trail, the transient boat dock, and the riverboat cruises. The Tennessee RiverLine is a great opportunity to engage Paducah’s stakeholders and the public on envisioning new ways to promote these assets, draw more people to the river and onto the water, and connect Paducah to other communities along the Tennessee River that have a shared history.”
If you are planning to attend the event, registration is encouraged at
In May, the Tennessee RiverLine Partnership selected the pilot communities from a pool of 17 applicants. Besides Paducah/McCracken County, they include Roane County, Tennessee; Bridgeport, Alabama;
The Shoals, Alabama (Florence-Muscle Shoals MSA); and Benton County, Tennessee. 
The City of Paducah’s partners for the Tennessee RiverLine project are McCracken County and the River Discovery Center. In addition to this event, as a pilot community, Paducah will hold a community leader workshop and a survey and engagement tool for members of the public who cannot attend the event. In October, each pilot community will receive a summary report of the feedback collected including project recommendations focusing on recreation, stewardship, and river access. 
The plan is for the Tennessee RiverLine to serve as a catalyst for economic, social and environmental growth across four states while connecting communities and celebrating the history, beauty and diversity of the Tennessee River Valley.  For more information, visit

Published 12:00 AM, Saturday Jul. 27, 2019
Updated 09:44 AM, Saturday Jul. 27, 2019


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