Rock Island Trail: Missourians have spoken, now State Parks must act | Opinion | joplinglobe.com

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Missouri, don't miss this moment.

Our state has the opportunity to add a 144-mile corridor to its park system. When combined with the 240 miles of the Katy Trail and the 47.5-mile Rock Island spur that opened two years ago, Missouri could have a cross-state trail network of more than 400 miles. It would be an international attraction lifting the economies of dozens of small communities between St. Louis and Kansas City.

What's not to like about this?

The deadline to accept the corridor is February, so the state must move soon, and to that end it has solicited public comment and held public meetings. The response was overwhelming. Nearly 99 percent of the nearly 9,000 public comments were in favor of adding the trail. Large cities want this. Rural communities want this.

Show us something else — anything else — on which 99 percent of Missourians agree.

MoBikeFed comment: The Rails-to-Trails has set up a page to make it easy to weigh in with the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and State Parks leadership to let them know you support the trail. Please take two minutes this holiday season to send them a message in support of the Rock Island Trail:

https://secure.railstotrails.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserActi...

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