After final public meeting, Grindstone Trail up for approval by City Council

Thursday, July 18, 2013 | 7:14 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — After about a year of debate, details of Grindstone Trail project have been ironed out for approval by the Columbia City Council.

The 1.75-mile concrete trail would connect Hinkson Creek Trail in the Grindstone Nature Area to Maguire Boulevard on the east side of U.S. 63.

The City Council in August is expected to give the go-ahead on construction, which could begin next spring or summer and be finished by the end of 2014, Park Development Superintendent Mike Snyder said.

Columbia Parks and Recreation held a drop-in public meeting Wednesday evening to answer questions about bridges at the Grindstone Trail and future GetAbout projects.

The Grindstone Trail faced opposition in August 2012 because of its proximity to private property, and planners moved the route closer to the creek.

Financing for the $1.4 million trail comes from the 2010 park sales tax.

The Department of Parks and Recreation has also ranked list of GetAbout Columbia projects that various commissions and the public have identified for funding:

  • The $555,000 Hinkson Creek Trail would connect Conley Road to U.S. 63 that would eventually connect with Stephens Lake Park and downtown. 
  • A $325,000 sidewalk along the north side of Clark Lane from Ballenger Lane to Woodland Springs Court.
  • A $445,000 extension of County House Trail to Rollins Road.
  • A $410,325 sidewalk on Clark Lane would be installed from Paris Road to Eastwood Drive.
  • A $1.7 million trail that would connect Shepard Boulevard to Rollins Street.

There are nine projects on the list that are planned for the $3.57 million in GetAbout funds. Other projects with lower ranks include a West Boulevard sidewalk, Providence and Nifong bike lanes, Hominy Trail connection and Wabash Walkway. 

The Grindstone Trail funds could go toward future GetAbout projects or another selected trail section if the City Council does not approve the project, Snyder said. 

Supervising editor is John Schneller.

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