The Rock Island Greenway, named after the railroad that once used this right-of-way and was in large part the reason for Ruston’s founding, is a shared-use walking, running and bicycling path and linear park that will eventually run almost 6 miles across the city, connecting neighborhoods, businesses, educational institutions, and recreational amenities.
What is a greenway? A greenway is a linear park or open area that encourages recreation and active transportation, typically through bike and pedestrian paths.
The greenway will be the first of its kind in the region and will serve as a vital transportation link that fosters a vibrant and active culture, encourages economic development and opportunity, promotes safety and health, and offers our community a state-of-the art public space.
Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the greenway or any undesignated parking areas. The greenway is open daily from sunrise to sunset
The city broke ground on the path in December 2016. The first phase of the project, stretching from W. Kentucky Avenue south to the Interstate-20 service road, should be completed in early 2017 as part of the Moving Ruston Forward initiative approved by voters in April, 2016.
The rules for the greenway are just like those of every other park in Ruston. For a complete list of rules please visit the Parks and Recreation page: www.ruston.org/rpar
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