KDWPT schedules Flint Hills Nature Trail design workshops

A recently constructed culvert allows the Flint Hills Nature Trail to pass under state Highway 268 near Vassar. The construction of the culvert, which replaced a former railroad overpass, closed K-268 for about three months last fall.

OTTAWA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy are inviting all interested persons to share their impressions and opinions on the development of the Flint Hills Nature Trails at upcoming design workshops. Two workshops have been scheduled for next week, with at least two more planned in the near future at other locations along the trail. The first workshop will be 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Ottawa City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa. The following day, Feb. 21, a workshop will be 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the basement of the Morris County Courthouse, 501 W. Main St., Council Grove. The Flint Hills Nature Trail is a rails-to-trails project that extends 117 miles from Osawatomie to Herington. Development of the trail will encourage outdoor recreation and provide safer routes for pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. The trail will connect six counties and numerous communities along the way. The design team of CFS Engineers and RDG Planning and Design is leading the planning and design of the trail under the direction of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy. A significant element of the project is gathering an understanding of public opinions on development of the trail through a series of community workshops. These are open sessions and interested residents are invited to attend at their convenience. The workshop format will allow attendees to gather information on trail planning and design and to talk one-on-one with design team members. Other workshops have been tentatively planned; dates and locations will be announced when they are finalized.


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