Letter to the Editor: Osage City amid exciting possibilities of Flint Hills Nature Trail

Dear Editor:

We would encourage anyone interested in the growth of Osage City to attend a meeting scheduled to receive public input regarding the development of the Flint Hills Nature Trail.

The meeting in Osage City will be 5-7:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, at the Osage City Community Building, 517 S. First St.

An extremely popular and successful trail is the Katy Trail in Missouri, which is heavily utilized and draws people from across the United States who go there just to ride the 237-mile trail from end to end. There are tour companies who have developed week-long travel packages specifically for this.

With the $2.4 million grant the Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy, the volunteer group overseeing the Flint Hills Nature Trail, has received, our very own 117-mile Kansas trail also has the possibility to be a similar tourism destination – and it comes right through Osage City. In fact, Osage City is almost the exact midpoint of the trail, with the western end being Herington and the eastern end being Osawatomie. The trail right of way crosses 9th Street in Osage City just a half block north of Jerry’s Thriftway, Buzzard’s, Sonic and Casey’s.

This should be an exciting prospect and something that could positively benefit our town. It’s probably a safe assumption to say that the towns who show the most involvement and cooperation will also reap the greatest benefits. Imagine the possibilities! We would love to see the community of Osage City be one of the most enthusiastic supporters of this project. Please come to the meeting and learn more about it.

Steve and Heidi Koger
Osage City


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