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Proposed Grindstone Nature Area trail project goes before public

Thursday, August 30, 2012 | 11:47 a.m. CDT; updated 1:03 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 30, 2012
The city of Columbia is considering adding bike trails through the Grindstone Nature Area. However, some of these trails would cut through the backyards of residents of Bluff Pointe Drive in the East Pointe Subdivision. To construct some of these trails, the city would have to seize land through eminent domain.

COLUMBIA — A proposed trail that goes through Grindstone Nature Area will be under discussion at a public meeting Thursday night. 

The meeting will be held from 7 until 9 p.m. at the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area at 2104 Hillcrest Drive and will include representatives from the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and Allstate Consultants, the firm under contract to study the proposed route.

City Park Development Superintendent Mike Snyder said the route is an important piece of Columbia's trail system because it would go under U.S. 63 and connect the Lemone Industrial Boulevard employment district to downtown.

Snyder said some of the residents who have property that the proposed route would cut through have expressed concerns.

According to the budget proposal under consideration by the Columbia City Council, the project's proposed budget is $1.5 million, with $1.2 million of that funding coming in fiscal year 2012. 

Expenses would include some right-of-way acquisition costs, the construction of four bridges and general trail construction, Snyder said.

Synder hopes that the project will receive approval from the parks commission and ultimately the City Council. 

"We are hoping to have the process moving forward this fall," he said. 

Supervising editor is John Schneller.


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Comments

Kevin Gamble August 30, 2012 | 1:11 p.m.

If this project does go through - and I'm not convinced it's a good idea - here's hoping the city has the sense to use a non-concrete surface for the trail. The dirt & crushed rock of the MKT trail is a great surface that is permeable, low-maintenance and forgiving on human limbs.

If a solid surface is desired, asphalt is much easier on runners & walkers, and much smoother for cyclists. I've spent time on a lovely multi-community asphalt bike trail in the Xenia, OH area, and it's far superior to the cut-rate concrete nonsense we have here. (An example of that being the mediocre bike path that runs along South Providence Rd, which looks smooth to the naked eye but feels like an old country road when ridden on.)

Kudos to the concept of more and connected trails, but here's hoping it's a well-considered plan and will be executed with the best interests of all users in mind.

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Mark Flakne August 31, 2012 | 10:09 a.m.

What is an "employment district?" With all of the misleading talk of government "job creation" in an election year, the use of this term seems a bit troubling. The taxpayers bought IBM a building and abated loads of taxes all in the name of "job creation" that would supposedly return the investment in spades once the 800 jobs were "created." Now that area is an "employment district." Wow, doublespeak is amazing.

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frank christian August 31, 2012 | 10:45 a.m.

I would suggest that we allow those in Columbia, whom so wish, to go to the wilderness, rather than try to bring a neatly manicured "wilderness" to them.

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