Kansas City's Cliff Drive-Columbus Park connector trail open to the public - Northeast News

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A dream project nearly a decade in the making came to fruition at a 3 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, June 1.

The new Cliff Drive and Spirit of KC Scenic Byways Trail is a 10-foot wide, 3,643 linear-foot walking and bicycling trail that connects the southwest gate of Cliff Drive (near Lexington Ave. and The Paseo) through Kessler Park to 3rd and Holmes in Columbus Park.

Adam Schieber, President of the Cliff Drive Corridor Management Committee, said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony that the final product was worth the ups and downs of an eight-year process.

“It’s always kind of been an island, and so we thought, ‘Well, let’s build a bridge to that island,” Schieber said. We’re just glad it’s here, and we’re going to do continue to do wonderful, fun things here at Cliff Drive.”

MoBikeFed comment: This project creates a safe bicycling and walking connection across what previously was one of the most difficult areas for bicyclists to traverse near downtown KCMO.

The project connects the Cliff Drive area--one of the most popular areas in the city for bicycling, walking, and outdoor activities--directly to the Columbus Park neighborhood, but also to the River Market neighborhood, downtown, and via the Heart of America Bridge to North Kansas City.

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