by Valerie Verkamp
Two communities will soon be linked as the final phase to connect the Missouri Riverfront Trail with English Landing Park gets underway.
Currently, the 3.25-mile linear trail extends from Riverside, along the Quindaro Bend Levee, to River Park Drive and N. Mattox Road, east of Downtown Parkville. The trail ends about one-third of the mile east of English Landing Park.
Trail enthusiasts say connecting the multi-use trail to English Landing Park is a major component of the southern trail system.
“It is a pretty small segment, but it's absolutely critical,” said Beverlee Roper, first district commissioner.
The Missouri Riverfront Trail is divided into three zones. Zone 1 stretches 1.2-miles through a dense forest to the Quindaro Bend Levee. Zone 2 runs parallel another 1.2 miles along the Missouri River, where it meets the Argosy roundabout. The final zone, currently closed until Feb. 2016, stretches 1.1-miles northeast to Riverside.
The Missouri Riverfront Trail is the first pathway system in the area to utilize the ridge of a levee for a linear trail.
Platte County officials are actively seeking bids to connect the Missouri Riverfront Trail with English Landing Park. The project will involve the construction of a one-third mile multi-use path, parallel to the Missouri River. The connecting section will be funded by the voter approved parks and trail sales tax.
Bids for the final connecting phase will be read-a-loud on Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. at the Platte County Commission Office.