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City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 2, 2011
Kansas City and community partners open two new trails
National Trails Day celebrated June 4
The City of Kansas City, Mo., and Platte County, Mo., invite residents to the opening of the new trailhead on the Line Creek Trail as part of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m. The celebration will take place on North Gower Avenue slightly west of the intersection of North Gower Avenue, Northwest 68th Street and Northwest Waukomis Drive.
Officials from the City of Kansas City, Mo., and Platte County will be on hand to cut the ribbon to open the trailhead. When complete, the 8.2 mile Line Creek Trail will extend from Riverside’s Renner Brenner Park to Kansas City’s Missouri Route 152. Since 2009, the City’s Public Works Department has constructed two miles of the Line Creek Trail north and south of Northwest 68th Street and completed 0.8 miles of the Southern Platte Pass (64th Street) Trail. Line Creek Trail also features a Fixit, bicycle service station, which offers an air pump and basic repair tools to make the trail more bike-friendly.
Additionally, the City of Kansas City, Mo., KC Parks and EarthRiders Trails Association (ERTA) invite residents to the opening of Phase 4 of Swope Trails. They will dedicate a 1.75 mile segment on Saturday, June 4 at 9 a.m. at Camp Lake of the Woods. This new addition completes 8.5 miles of single track mountain bike and hiking trails within Swope Park.
When completed, Swope Trails will be the longest urban single track trail system in the country (50 miles) connecting two of the greatest natural environments in the region – Swope Park and the Blue River. Swope Trails are located in the heart of Swope Park, Kansas City’s largest urban park at 1,805 acres, and showcase the limestone bluffs connecting to trails along the Blue River, Lakeside Nature Center, Rocky Point Glades and Camp Lake of the Woods.Great strides are being made with help from the Missouri Department of Conservation to ensure trail alignments preserve, protect and restore the natural habitat of the glades.
“The opening of these two new facilities highlights the City’s commitment to be more bikeable and walkable and emphasizes the need for strong partnerships with the community and neighboring jurisdictions,” said Deb Ridgway, bicycle pedestrian coordinator.
National Trails Day is an annual event that inspires citizens nationwide to discover and celebrate trails by participating in outdoor activities, including health and wellness exhibitions and trail work projects. Trails provide opportunities to breathe fresh air, get the heart pumping, escape from daily stresses and maintain overall health.
After the ribbon cutting ceremonies, residents can take a leisurely walk or bike ride along the trails.Giveaways and information will be shared at both locations.
For a map of the Line Creek Trail event or more information, visit www.platteparks.com or call 816-858-3419.
For a map of the Swope Trails event or more information, visit www.swopetrails.com or www.kcmo.org/parks.
For more information about trail development with the City of Kansas City, Mo., contact Deb Ridgway, bicycle pedestrian coordinator at 816-513-2592 or firstname.lastname@example.org.