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.
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