Rock Island Trail Supporters Rally at State Capitol Steps | emissourian.com

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Hundreds of area community residents and leaders — including mayors, city administrators and business owners — gathered outside the state Capitol on Friday to put a face on those who will benefit when the 144-mile Rock Island rail line is converted to a cross-state walking and biking trail.

The rally was organized by Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc., the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, but the overwhelming community support for the trail was the true motivator.

“Communities, companies and individuals want to partner with Missouri State Parks to get the trail operational as fast as possible,” said Greg Harris, executive director of the Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc. “What’s at stake for central Missouri and these towns is tangible—tourism, business opportunities, community improvement and recreation. All of us who live along this corridor know the potential that the trail offers and we are ready for it to be built.”

Public officials, including mayors from Stover, Versailles, Owensville and Gerald and administrators and aldermen from Windsor, Pleasant Hill, Belle and Union, urged the trail would bring value to their towns both in terms of tourism and revenue—putting them on the map as hubs that connect to the famed Katy Trail.

MoBikeFed comment: Remember to complete the Missouri State Parks Survey in support of the trail--and make sure all of your family members and friends have completed the survey as well.

The Survey is open until August 31st, 2017, and a brief comment saying that you support the trail is all that is needed.

Complete the survey here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YRQX56F

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