Hopkinsville Rails to Trails Program

Location: Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Client: City of Hopkinsville Community and Development Services

Lose & Associates was selected to conduct an advance planning and feasibility study for the first phase of the Hopkinsville Rails to Trails system. This project by the City of Hopkinsville is an effort to develop a greenway network that includes the conversion of rail lines to paved trails for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Initial services included gathering existing data for the route; performing field reconnaissance of the proposed route; creating a preliminary map, based on existing information and field notes; hosting meetings with city officials and stakeholders to discuss design ideas, amenity locations and areas of concern; holding public forums; creating several alternative route concepts; developing final plans and opinions of probable cost; and presentations of 3D modeling of trail routes to elected officials. A feasibility study was then produced, which led to the production of construction drawings and a sign package for Phase 1 of the trail.

The 2.1 mile project elements include a lighted 10’ wide concrete Riverwalk trail following the northern bank of the Little River; this section also includes an overlook plaza and a woodland observation deck. The next section is a 10’ wide asphalt multi-use path that follows an abandoned rail line from the Riverwalk trail to Pardue Park, a new city recreation area. Amenities along this section of trail include speed tables for street crossings, a steel truss bridge, a neighborhood walk up trailhead plaza, and enhanced landscaping. There are two trailheads that include parking: a larger lot in Pardue Park and a smaller lot at North Street; both have a trail access plaza with informational signage, benches, waste receptacles and lighting. This trail connects the downtown area with several neighborhoods, an assisted living facility and multiple parks. Lee Davidson is the principle in charge for this project and also is providing construction administration.