Tuscaloosa Riverwalk expansion now openBy Mike Finnegan | 01/25/2017 11:03pm
Fifteen years after its original completion, the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk has recently lengthened and expanded its path almost 1,400 feet. The new section of the path now allows park-goers to continue walking east beyond Manderson Landing, where the path used to end.
The new section cost $1 million, with around $800,000 of the investment coming from the Federal Highway Administration's National Scenic Byways program. The remaining $200,000 was a contribution from Tuscaloosa and the Alabama Department of Transportation.
Since its opening in 2002, The Riverwalk has attributed to growth all along its banks on the Black Warrior River. Numerous private investments have opened up shop, including the Bank of Tuscaloosa, the Riverwalk Place and Riverfront Village. Local government has also contributed to the original investment of The Riverwalk by adding the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater and Tuscaloosa River Market.
After the $5 million investment to construct the original Riverwalk, well over $116 million has been invested into the aforementioned public and private projects bordering the path along the Black Warrior River.