Florence Announces River Heritage Trail Grand Opening

3-5:00 pm, Sunday, May 5, 2024 River Heritage Park Pavilion

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FLORENCE-Mayor Andrew Betterton, Florence City Council, Florence Parks & Recreation, and Florence Planning and Community Development cordially invite the community to join in the celebration of the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the River Heritage Trail on Sunday, May 5, from 3 to 5:00 pm.

The River Heritage Trail Grand Opening will include an afternoon filled with excitement, music, and exploration. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the River Heritage Trail firsthand while enjoying live music and local food trucks, including Off-The-Hook and Flashy Funnel Cakes.

The event will feature remarks from community leaders at 4:00 pm, followed by the official ribbon-cutting ceremony, which will mark the trail’s opening to the public.

The River Heritage Trail project represents a significant milestone for Florence. It unveils the first link of the city’s River Heritage Trail, approximately one mile along the picturesque Tennessee River canal. This trail segment connects the River Heritage Park trailhead to the Patton Island Overlook trailhead, providing residents and visitors with a scenic pathway to explore and enjoy the area’s natural wonders.

Interpretative displays along the trail highlight the Tennessee River’s rich history. Several overlook points offer stunning views.

“We are thrilled to announce the grand opening of the River Heritage Trail, a project that embodies our commitment to preserving our natural heritage and enhancing the quality of life for our community,” remarked Mayor Andrew Betterton. “This trail represents a collaborative effort among various stakeholders and underscores our shared dedication to creating recreational opportunities that foster connections with our environment and history.” Individuals of all ages are invited to celebrate the culmination of this exciting project.

Media Release/Rachel Mansell/City of Florence, Alabama 

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