Thursday, August 16, 2012

An Invitation From Mayor Hays: Rockwater Blvd. Opening

North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays has invited the cycling community to join in the opening of RockWater Drive:

Grand Opening of Rockwater Blvd.

North Little Rock, AR- You are invited to join North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Hays at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 17 for the Grand Opening of Rockwater Blvd., a new one-half(1/2 ) mile stretch of road which connects the roundabout intersection on Pike Avenue to River Road.

The news conference will be held in front of the Riverside at Rockwater Apartments at the west end of Rockwater Blvd. 

The new road will allow closure of a portion of River Road to motorists, and allow exclusive access for pedestrians and bikers.

 While I am not in agreement with the current proposal to sell the city owned Quarry tract surrounded by Emerald Park, I do support infill development such as Rockwater and certainly appreciate another car-free stretch along the Arkansas River. Mayor Hays has done good work for the cycling community and I'm concerned that with any new administration  we will lose that strong voice of advocacy. We owe Pat Hays a large measure of gratitude.

I'll have more to say on the subject of the land sale proposal, but, for now, I'll just remind you that a public hearing and possible is set for the August 27 NLR City Council meeting. I would be surprised if any minds are changed as a result of the hearings, but a strong turn-out, particularly of NLR residents, might help shape the conversation.


Anonymous said...

This quarry land sale is a done deal. I have a little insight into construction business around these parts and I hear from a very reliable source that this deal is already approved.
Could it be that John Burkhalter, the one who is developing this project, has people looking out for him and giving him this sweetheart deal because he is going to make a run for Governor next year?
I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine?

Anonymous said...

I also work in the construction business around these parts and have information regarding the councilmen and mayor that this deal is IN FACT no yet approved. Don't jump to conclusions.

Anonymous said...

In any event, thanks JBar for keeping us updated.