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Conservancy receives $25,000 for Landon Trail; Flint Hills Trail gets federal funds

TOPEKA—Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy announced June 12 that it has received a $25,000 recognition grant from the Kansas Health Foundation. The funds will be used to help complete the 38-mile Landon Nature Trail in Shawnee County. A hard-packed, crushed limestone surface will be installed on the seven remaining miles in the county.

“We appreciate the continued generous support by the Kansas Health Foundation,” said KRTC President Scott Allen. “Once the surface is installed, there will be a continuous 16 miles of rail-trail in Shawnee County for the enjoyment of walkers, bicyclists and equestrians. Trail users will now have a facility in which to exercise for health or to explore the great outdoors.”

The Landon Trail is a scenic recreational trail stretching from the popular Shunga Trail in Topeka to the Clinton Wildlife Area and Pomona Lake.

The conservancy also recently received good news about the other trail it operates, the Flint Hills Nature Trail, which connects with the Landon Trail in Osage County.

The Kansas Department of Transportation announced June 11 that two of the 35 projects included in its Transportation Enhancement program will enhance the Flint Hills Nature Trail. One funded project awarded to Council Grove will construct a shared use path connecting the Flint Hills Nature Trail to the existing River Walk Trail. Another project lists the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism as the applicant with the purpose for continued development of the Flint Hills Nature Trail.

Estimated cost of the 35 selected projects selected by KDOT is $17.9 million. A minimum of 20 percent of the project cost must come from the applicant. KDOT received 91 applications from local units of government requesting more than $63 million.

Transportation Enhancement is a federally-funded program that provides funding for facilities for pedestrians and bicycles; landscaping and scenic beautification; historic preservation; conversion of abandoned railway corridors to trails; and other enhancement projects.

The Kansas Health Foundation is a private philanthropy based in Wichita, but statewide in its focus. Its mission is to improve the health of all Kansans. To learn more about the Foundation, visit Recognition grants expand the Kansas Health Foundation’s support to a broad range of health-related organizations throughout the state.

For more information about the Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy or to learn how you can make a donation or volunteer, visit

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