Warsaw, Missouri: How a small rural town can maximize its bicycle, pedestrian, and water access - and its quality of life | Missouri Life

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On a table in the basement of Warsaw’s historic WPA-era community center, City
Administrator Randy Pogue spreads out a panoramic drawing of the waterfront behind the building. Superimposed over the picture is an ambitious design that will replace a faulty
sewer line and transform the area into a trailhead for hikers, cyclists and boaters.
“Come back a year from now,” he says. “I think you will see some major changes. What we are trying to do is create a destination.”

That statement might seem a little odd to the thousands of people who already consider Warsaw, with Missouri’s two biggest lakes in its backyard, a major tourist destination. Why would the town need anything else?

Randy quickly explains: “When I started here 12 years ago, people said we have water and, of course, people are going to come to the water. But once you get them to the water you have to get them back off of it. And that’s what Warsaw was really lacking — the ability to get people to come off the water and spend some money.”

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