As the City of Mobile’s coastal peninsula – surrounded on three sides by water; Mobile Bay to the east and Dog River to the west and south – how the struggling, quiet, wetland filled community of 11,000 people develops in the ensuing years is important.

In order to achieve economic redevelopment while preserving the quality of life for those who choose to live in the unique urban area, the Peninsula of Mobile Corridor Master Plan has been developed. With the ultimate goal of defining the peninsula portion of Dauphin Island Parkway as a passive recreation destination location offering a growing network of green and blue way trails, multiple water access points and quiet bird, boat or turtle watching, the Corridor Master Plan promotes Low Impact Redevelopment. It identifies seven (7) Development Centers along the five (5) mile stretch of State 163 to be redeveloped and offers strategies for implementation of the plan.

View The Peninsula of Mobile Corridor Master Plan, released in July 2016, here.

Owned by the City of Mobile, this property was secured for use as a Visitor’s Center. In the coming years, development of the Peninsula will not only make it a better and more desirable place to live and work, but should provide areas of interest to outdoor enthusiasts and other visitors. A visitor’s center will be able to provide maps and information.
Starting at Levene Road (near Gilliard Elementary School) and going to Cedar Park Drive (south of B.C. Rain High School), sidewalk improvements are planned (including ADA compliance), making this area easily traversed by all – walking or riding.
A plan to develop tax incentives offered to businesses and property owners to improve and sustain successful small businesses should help provide economic growth and job opportunities.
The pilot project will assess ways to minimize environmental impact while encouraging future development. Here, new engineering designs will be installed and tested, allowing rainwater to soak into the ground instead of being carried unfiltered as storm water runoff into nearby Perch Creek, part of the Dog River Watershed.
This long-term plan is a partnership between the Mobile Greenway Initiative and The City of Mobile. This section would provide for a beautiful riding and walking experience along Mobile Bay, east of Brookley. Eventually, this could become part of a greater citywide plan to link together areas from West Mobile to the Dog River Bridge.
The Crepe Myrtle Bike Trail is already in use and marked with signs. This bike trail goes from Doyle Park to Mobile Bay, and continues south to just north of the Dog River Bridge. A planned extension along the shoreline will bring it to Helen Wood Park.
The Dog River Trail will be a loop of The Crepe Myrtle Bike Trail, following the river side of the Peninsula. In areas where road size permits, bike lanes are being considered. This trail would be clearly marked with road signs.
This public/private partnership project includes the preservation of hundreds of acres of wetlands in both the Dog River and Garrow’s Bend Watersheds. This ADA compliant trail will go through preserved wetlands, and will provide educational signage – a great way to appreciate the natural beauty of our area that is off the beaten path.