Pleasant Valley Nature Preserve in Jefferson County expands walking trail |

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Those who like to walk in the Pleasant Valley Nature Preserve near High Ridge will get to double their pleasure later this year. . . .

“The trails that are there now are mulch and dirt,” parks director Tim Pigg said. “Our plans were, in addition to doubling the length of the main trail, it will have a compacted gravel surface. Now, we’re expanding some of the other trails, relocating some and abandoning some of the older ones.” . . .

He said making the trail improvements answers a top request from the public.

“Trail access is the No. 1 priority for a lot of the people we talk with,” he said. “They tell us, ‘Give us a place where we can walk or jog or ride bikes.’”

MoBikeFed comment: The most recent Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Plan (SCORP) for Missouri surveyed Missourians about their outdoor recreation needs, and found that using trails and safe places to walk and bicycle is one of the most popular current activities and requested activities.

Surveys by the Missouri Department of Health have shown that over half of Missourians don't have a safe place to bicycle or even a single sidewalk in their neighborhood:

So kudos to agencies like Jefferson County Parks who hear and respond when citizens raise these important concerns.