Kingsport Greenbelt Boardwalk Dedication
The outdoor trail that connected one end of Kingsport to the other has a new addition – the Buffalo Grasslands Boardwalk.
On Thursday, November 30th, Mayor John Clark and City of Kingsport leadership along with Kingsport Parks and Recreation gathered on a cold rainy morning to dedicate the new boardwalk located at the Greenbelt access point of Indian Trail Drive, which is behind PetSmart.
The wooden boardwalk, built with uniquely treated Eastman A wood, is a quarter mile loop located in a wetlands marsh. The elevated walkway design allows the Reedy Creek floodwaters to pass under it while providing local wildlife, such as birds, frogs, and insects, a good home. Birdwatching is a popular hobby that can be done from just about anywhere on the boardwalk.
The project was partially funded through a Recreation Trails Program Grant of $120,000. These grants are administered by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
Spoden and Wilson Consulting designed and engineered the boardwalk, while Building Character was the construction contractor. The boardwalk is ADA compliant.