COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – As we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the mayor, along with community organizers held a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday in hopes of living out King's dream of giving back to the community.
1.9 miles of beauty will be added along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Columbus, placing it between Brewer Elementary school and 10th Ave.
The Community Foundation, Dragonfly Trails, and city leaders said they created this project to see growth and positivity in the community. A dream Dr. King wished to see.
"We're seeing trails bring families together, improve city health, and spur economic development. Great ways for people to get outside and connect with others better," said Betsy Covington, President and CEO of Community Foundation.
"This is a way for neighborhoods that have been underserved or bladed where people have been moving out for years and create the type of community they want to move back to." said Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, Mayor of Columbus.
They also say this initiative doesn't end here. Another 27 miles is planned to be added to the 34 miles the city already has along the river walk and fall line trace.
"Eventually we will have 70 miles of connected trails throughout Muscogee County," said Betsy Covington.
When asked why, well, that's a given.
"I was looking back at some of Dr. King's quotes the other day. One of the ones that resonated with me was, it is our job to create a beloved community, and that's what we're doing today," said Covington.