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Archive for Sunday, November 12, 2006

City to finish new trail addition ay Clinton Lake

Expansion near base of Sanders Mound to connect to 11-mile SLT trail

November 12, 2006

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Walking a new extension of bike and hike trails Thursday at Clinton Lake, from left, are Nancy Goodwin, Topeka, her father, Virgil Reese, Tecumseh, and Nancy's husband, Mike Goodwin. Mike, Clinton Lake Trail coordinator, has been working with the Corps of Engineers and the city of Lawrence to extend the Lawrence bike and hike trail another 2/3 mile to the base of Sanders Mound Vista, visible at upper center of photograph.

Walking a new extension of bike and hike trails Thursday at Clinton Lake, from left, are Nancy Goodwin, Topeka, her father, Virgil Reese, Tecumseh, and Nancy's husband, Mike Goodwin. Mike, Clinton Lake Trail coordinator, has been working with the Corps of Engineers and the city of Lawrence to extend the Lawrence bike and hike trail another 2/3 mile to the base of Sanders Mound Vista, visible at upper center of photograph.

Hikers and bikers soon will gain easier access to vast beauty atop Sanders Mound, which overlooks Clinton Lake, and a connection to some of the state's best dirt trails.

Lawrence resident Eric Nelson, who commutes to work by bicycle and is a mountain biker, said he was looking forward to hitting the new trails.

"I'm excited to be able to shoot right off the concrete trail onto the dirt trails. I think it's going to be a great addition to the trail system," said Nelson, cross-country coach at Bishop Seabury Academy.

Work is expected to be complete this week on a one-mile concrete trail near the base of Sanders Mound.

The new trail will serve as a connection to the 11-mile South Lawrence Trafficway cement trail.

In addition, one dirt trail will be made to curve up the east side of the mound while another will connect to the 23-mile North Shore Trails by Clinton Lake. They will replace several improvised trails, which increase erosion. The Army Corps of Engineers plans to restore the area alongside the trails with natural grasses.

There also will be a couple of benches, a kiosk, signage and several flat rest areas for people with disabilities.

Topeka-based Graybeal Construction Inc. has spent the last month working on the concrete trail, which was provided through a $171,000 federal grant. The cost of the complete project is $220,000. The difference was paid for by the Army Corps of Engineers, the city's Parks and Recreation and the Kansas Trails Council.

Mike Goodwin, president of the all-volunteer Kansas Trails Council, estimated that 100,000people would use the new trails each year.

Goodwin said the concrete trail is open to the public but that construction vehicles are still in use. He said there would be an official reopening by year's end.

For Dan Brobst, president of the 80-member Lawrence Mountain Bike Club, it provides a good connection between trails that are already at Clinton Lake.

And it also will allow outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy Clinton Lake more.

"It's a great view," Brobst said. "It will definitely provide a better trail for people to enjoy Sanders Mound."

Comments

Mkh 8 years, 1 month ago

This is the one of the worst wastes of money I've seen in a little while. Who wants to hike on a cement sidewalk at the lake? Are you kidding me? I heard that this whole idea started when some lady complained that she got her shoes muddy hiking at the lake. And instead of somebody just slapping her, there was over $200, 000 spent to put in an ugly concrete slab that ruins the entire asthetic of the trail. Couldn't we have used that money to build a new homeless shelter, or something worthwhile. This just makes me sick. Idiots!

Linda Aikins 8 years, 1 month ago

Must be, Prospector! I didn't know Clinton was Canadian though, ay.

bangaranggerg 8 years, 1 month ago

From looking at that picture I'd have to assume it would be like a hundred times harder to bike on the trail than it would be just to bike off road. Those corners and curves are insane!

Gopher 8 years, 1 month ago

Let's see. The trail is ADA compliant, provides everyone a safe trail, extends the City's multi-purpose trail and eliminates the degradation of the Overlook access. So that's a waste of taxpayers money? Damn if you do and damn if you don't. What exactly does please the citizens of Lawrence?

On Sunday I counted 23 people on the unfinished trail. It appears that this trail will attract a greater number of people. To me, that's a good enough reason for the improvement.

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