Over 8,000 comments on Rock Island Trail in Missouri state parks survey | Lake News Online

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Adding the next 143 miles fills a gap where there are no state parks, while connecting Kansas City to Missouri’s largest state park at Lake of the Ozarks.

Supporters of Missouri’s Rock Island Trail left over 8,600 comments during a final study and public comment period conducted by the Missouri State Parks Department before proceeding on the statewide project to convert old railways to walking and cycling nature trails.

According to Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc. (MoRIT), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, a total of 8,685 comments described as “overwhelmingly positive” were submitted along with nine letters from municipalities and two area planning commissions. Adventure Cycling also submitted comments noting the trail’s international significance and major impact on tourism.

The trail aims to connect Kansas City to St. Louis, while integrating with the Katy Trail, for a total of 343 miles of trails for a goal of connecting smaller communities, encouraging economic development, and providing alternate paths of transportations.

MoBikeFed comment: The vast majority of those 8000 comments are very positive in support of the extension of Rock Island Trail State Park.

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to leave a comment in support of the trail - you have really changed the conversation about the trail in a positive way.

Visit Missouri State Parks information page about the proposed Rock Island Trail State Park for more information about State Parks plans and about the public comments received:


More about Missouri's Rock Island Trail - potentially over 200 miles in length in several connected segments and interconnecting with the Katy Trail at two points - here: