Meeting to offer discourse on Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Friday, October 1, 2010 | 4:28 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Rock Bridge Memorial State Park office will hold an informational meeting about the park for the public at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the office, 5901 S. Highway 163. In addition to the park, the meeting will cover topics related to Jewell Cemetery in Columbia and Clark’s Hill in Osage City.

The annual meeting is “an opportunity for the people to give feedback on the operations of the park,” Park Superintendent Jim Gast said. Past projects will be recapped, and future plans will be covered.

Rock Bridge averages about 250,000 visitors every year. Clark’s Hill and Jewell Cemetery are small, and employees from Rock Bridge Memorial State Park staff these sites.

“We hope people will come out and express their opinions of the parks that we manage,” Gast said.

Park staff will be on hand from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Pumpkin Festival in downtown Hartsburg on Oct. 9. The staff will be available to answer questions and accept comments about the Katy Trail, of which Hartsburg is a trailhead. 

The Katy Trail spans 225 miles, and Rock Bridge Memorial State Park manages about 76 miles of the trail. The first section of the trail, which runs between Rocheport and Huntsdale, was opened in April of 1990. The Katy Trail celebrated its 20th anniversary in May and has had several smaller celebrations throughout the year. 

Those attending will be able purchase Katy Trail souvenirs from the Katy Trail festival booth throughout the weekend as part of the 20th anniversary celebration. These Katy Trail souvenirs include a variety of merchandise, such as fleece jackets, water bottles, window decals and T-shirts.

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