Maybe you’ve forgotten about the plan to link Elizabethtown’s downtown with the vibrant hotel and restaurant cluster off Interstate 65’s Exit 94, but the Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau has not.

The trail plan, first introduced in 2015, is moving forward.

At its most recent meeting, the tourism commission approved a six-phase design contract costing $599,943. The enter project has an estimated $7 million price tag.

Jana Clark, the tourism bureau’s executive director, refers to the idea as the next big project for tourism. It has many interesting amenities with safety features, accessibility issues and children’s interactive stations all part of the consideration.

As Kentucky’s first Urban Trail Town, it’s also important that the tourism bureau is prioritizing connectivity with existing trails along the Greenbelt system that has been developed and nurtured for more than four decades.

Tourism attractions take many forms and this free opportunity for the fit and adventurous to stretch their legs adds another reason to exit here and at the same time will be a blessing to the local community which contributes to tourism’s budget through the restaurant tax.

Good to see this on the front burner again. Let’s look forward to the final plans and development beginning.

This editorial reflects a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.

This editorial reflects a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.

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I am very excited about this project. Etown is lucky to have Freeman Lake, Buffalo Lake, the tree-covered trails scattered around town. These things make Elizabethtown special. I have been on the trails that begin near downtown. They are wonderful - they just need upkeep, expansion and markings. The trails and the lakes will help draw in visitors and provide them with positive experiences which they will then communicate to other potential visitors.

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