City celebrates opening of Cape Girardeau's Riverfront Trail on Natl Trails Day | Southeast Missourian

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Cape Girardeau's extended Riverfront Trail officially will open Saturday with a noon ceremony at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Mississippi River boat access area in the Red Star neighborhood.

The ceremony on National Trails Day will mark completion of an $800,000 project extending the concrete trail on the river side of the floodwall. The trail now runs from the Red Star neighborhood southward to the end of the floodwall in Cape Girardeau's downtown, a distance of 6,800 feet or more than a mile.

In late April, a 100-foot-long pedestrian bridge was installed, spanning Sloan Creek and extending the trail to the boat access site. In all, the trail was extended by some 300 feet on the north end and about 1,300 feet on the south side.

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