Big Turnout for Meeting on New Trail envisioned to connect Pacific and Eureka | emissourian.com

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Outdoor enthusiasts turned out in large numbers last Tuesday to discuss a proposed hiking, biking trail connecting the cities of Pacific and Eureka.

The two cities received a St. Louis County grant to plan a trail from downtown Pacific to downtown Eureka.

Although it’s essentially a trail for hikers and bikers, a side path for equestrian use is not out of the question, one planner said. . . .

About 50 hiking, biking and other trail enthusiasts observed a presentation on the trail and offered their views on what should be included in a new trail and what should be avoided. . . .

Mayor Myers assured participants that planners of the trail would be environmentally sensitive.

Mayor Coffey said he sees the trail as an economic boon for both cities. He noted that the trail connects to Route 66 State Park where the old bridge has been acquired and plans are underway to extend a trail over the bridge.

MoBikeFed comment: Mayor Myers of Pacific and Mayor Coffey of Eureka are just two of the forward-thinking mayors across Missouri working to make their communities more bicycle and pedestrian friendly, and build local and regional trails networks.

More about Eureka's city trails plan: http://www.eureka.mo.us/departments/parks-recreation/trail-plan/

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