Anderson, Pineville to hold races to build community, connect trails - Public Meeting March 6th - Joplin Globe

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The second annual (McDonald) County Trailblazer is set for Saturday, March 18, in the communities of Anderson and Pineville.
The event, which includes a 13-mile bike ride, a 5K and a 10K, is a fundraiser for the communities, which are teaming up not only to raise money for each community's trails, but also to build a trail connecting the two towns that could also one day serve as a way to bring the Razorback Greenway as far north as Anderson.
Pineville Mayor Gregg Sweeten and Ken Schutten, president of the Anderson Betterment Club, said their communities are each working with Drury University of Springfield on a long-range plan that includes trails, as well as working with other organizations, such as the University of Missouri Extension and the Harry S Truman Coordinating Council.

Sweeten said Pineville envisions three trails, one of those running north along Jesse James Road that could be the first stage of a link to Anderson, although he emphasized that no route has been finalized yet.

MoBikeFed comment: Anderson and Pineville are two of the most active towns in rural Missouri working for a better walking and bicycling environment, including more trails connecting regionally.

The two communities worked with McDonald County the Missouri Department of Health, and other agencies to create Complete Streets policies recently.

Now they are working with the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission (which includes a section of SW Missouri that takes in Anderson and Pineville) to connect the Razorback Trail up through these two communities.

The Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council, which includes four counties in SW Missouri, is building on that initiative to create a comprehensive regional bicycle, pedestrian, and trails plan, with the hope of ultimately connecting that entire region together with the Razorback Trail and other nearby trails.

A public meeting on this plan is set for March 6th--more information here:

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