Ozark Greenways leader Terry Whaley of Springfield retiring after 22 years | Springfield News-Leader

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When Terry Whaley joined Ozark Greenways 22 years ago, the greenway trail system was little more than a few blocks of pathway between Grant and Kansas Expressway.

As he prepares to retire and hike and bike some of the great trails in the country, Whaley, 60, can be satisfied that Ozark Greenways now take walkers, runners and bicyclists on 72 miles of trail — 78 miles if you count the James River Water Trail for paddlers.

He's passing the reins to Mary Kromrey, who was hired by the Ozark Greenways board to be the new executive director. She takes over on Nov. 1.

MoBikeFed comment: Terry Whaley has been a visionary leader in Springfield, and a significant force for bicycling, walking, and trails statewide and nationwide.

We appreciate the good work he has done and wish him the best in retirement!