Columbia Parks and Recreation Department to update city's trail map

Thursday, October 24, 2013 | 12:25 p.m. CDT; updated 4:55 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 27, 2013

COLUMBIA — An updated map of city trails is in the works in an effort to raise awareness about the emerging network.

The new trail map will replace the Columbia Parks and Recreation trails brochure that was last updated in 2008.

Print and digital maps will include all the trails in the city network. Graphics will highlight details related to access points and connections to residential, work, retail, recreation and tourist destinations, according to the Parks and Recreation Department.

Trail mile markers will also be installed every quarter-mile along the MKT Trail. GetAbout Columbia Outreach Coordinator Janet Godon said installing the signs won't require trail closures.

The Columbia City Council on Monday approved a $18,500 Recreational Trails Program grant for the maps and signs.

The funds will be used to print the Columbia trails system map and guide, the purchase and installation of trail mile markers and an "interpretive educational sign identifying the MKT Trail as one of the nation's original rail-trail facilities," according to a Parks and Recreation Department report.

The project cost is estimated at $23,125. The city will provide $4,625 —$3,700c for a graphic design contract and $925 for materials and supplies — with funding from the parks department's operating budget.

Design work on the trail map is scheduled to begin in December and completed by May 2014. Trail mile markers and the MKT trail sign will be installed in spring 2014.

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