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New signage unveiled at Feaster Trail

By JOEL PHELPS | The Arkadelphian

Those who frequently use Arkadelphia’s Feaster Trail have likely noticed something different. Along the 2.5-mile paved multi-use path are signs marking mileage along the trail. There are also signs encouraging residents to stay active and healthy.

At the Baptist Health Medical Center trailhead is a large sign detailing a map of Feaster Trail. That sign was unveiled at a ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 1, with a gathering of representatives from BHMC, the City of Arkadelphia, Arkadelphia Parks and Recreation, Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance, Henderson State University and several other community members.

David Hennessee, radiology director at Baptist Health Medical Center, and former hospital administrator Tony Hardage unveil the new sign at the hospital trailhead to Feaster Trail. | Joel Phelps/The Arkadelphian

The sign placements were a Clark County Leadership VII project dating to 2018, a project that had its setbacks along the way with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Walkers, joggers, bicyclists and others who traverse Feaster will now be able to measure how far they’ve gone, as there are markers located every half mile of the trail, beginning with the starting point at the hospital and ending at the Ouachita River overlook. There, a second sign shows the map legend and its trailheads.

In a related move, Arkadelphia City Manager Gary Brinkley noted a rehabilitation project between the hospital and 26th Street is nearing completion. The project included the removal of the asphalt trail for the addition of a concrete walkway.

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  1. It is great to see they are improving the trail, both with the new concrete and the signage. What would also be nice is if businesses in the city would actually have bike racks! I also find it interesting that the city’s recreation center doesn’t even have a bike rack any more. I know riding in the city is dangerous at best, but with Feaster Trail one can go to the rec. center but, alas one has no where to safely park and lock one’s bike.

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