The City of King is one step closer to extending sidewalks from the cabin property at the corner of West Dalton and White Roads to Pilot View Drive and down Pilot View Drive into the back entrance of Recreation Acres on Westview Drive.
“This project enables the city to connect our two parks with pedestrian access via the King Public Library and the downtown business district. Walkers and runners frequently use this route, and the council saw this as a great opportunity to increase our community’s walkability, enhance safety, and increase pedestrian traffic in our downtown area, which will benefit our downtown businesses if they are willing and able to capitalize on additional traffic,” said King City Manager, Homer Dearmin.
Sidewalks will also be constructed on Maple Street at the corner of East Dalton down to the rear entrance of Central Park. Construction began on the Pilot View Drive portion on Monday, May 7, and is expected to be completed by early July of this year and will include additional decorative street lighting on East Dalton Road.
Dearmin said connectivity between the parks will provide additional recreation for citizens and visitors through a safe route off of city streets and state roads.
“Families will be able to enjoy a walk to the library, King Drug, either of our parks, and so many other downtown businesses and points of interest. Residents along the route can enjoy a sidewalk that connects them with their neighbors, and additional lighting in our downtown area will make that area more attractive to existing businesses, visitors and future investors,” he said.
King City Council reviewed four bids for the sidewalk project in April and awarded the job to ProCon Concrete Construction out of Tobaccoville. The project is made possible through a $40,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. The city also relied on assistance from the Piedmont Triad Regional Council to secure the grant, as well as to meet federal requirements.
“We’re excited about the new opportunities that this project will bring to our city. I am hopeful that as our community better understands the importance of sidewalks and greenways that we’ll be able to find other grants and funding mechanisms to continue to make King a walkable community, and make sidewalks an important part of our city’s future development.”
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.