Last year, the Kanza Rails-Trails Conservancy was awarded about $2.4 million in grants from the federal Transportation Enhancements Program and the National Recreational Trails Program, to go towards the Flint Hills Nature Trail.
Planning and engineering is currently underway for the trail corridor, and as part of the process, there will be public meetings in Ottawa and Council Grove to allow interested parties to view concepts and comment on the project:
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism and Kanza Rails-Trails Conservancy welcome all interested citizens to share their impressions and opinions on the development of the Flint Hills Nature Trails at upcoming design workshops.
The Flint Hills Nature Trail is a rails-to-trails project that extends 117 miles from Osawatomie to Herington. Development of the trail will encourage outdoor recreation and provide safer routes for pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. The trail will connect six counties and numerous communities along the way.
The design team of CFS Engineers and RDG Planning and Design is leading the planning and design of the trail under the direction of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT) and Kanza Rails-Trails Conservancy (KRTC).
A significant element of the project is gathering an understanding of public opinions on development of the trail through a series of community workshops. These are open sessions and interested residents are invited to attend at their convenience. The workshop format will allow attendees to gather information on trail planning and design and to talk one-on-one with design team members.
Workshops will be held:
Thursday, February 20
5:00 to 6:30 pm
Ottawa City Hall
101 S. Hickory Street
Ottawa, KS 66067
Friday, February 21
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Morris County Courthouse
Basement Meeting Room
501 W. Main St.
Council Grove, KS