The Rock Island Trail is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

March 21, 2019

I have some great news to share with you. This week construction is starting on the Hinkson Creek Trail extension (aka Shepard to Rollins)!

PedNet has advocated for this trail with your help for over 10 years, and it is such a relief to finally see it happen. This project is the perfect example of how critical your support is in making long-term advocacy possible.

We’re now turning our attention to the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of the proposed Rock Island Trail. Building this 144-mile former railroad corridor into a trail (connected to the Katy Trail!) will create enormous opportunities for walking and biking in small towns across our state and will establish Missouri as a world-class trail tourism destination.

Rock Island Trail corridor map

The challenge now is simply how to pay for it. Ameren currently owns the corridor and there are only a few months left before the deadline for Ameren to donate the land to Missouri State Parks (or if that is not feasible, to another organization).

Through our statewide advocacy partnership, Missourians for Responsible Transportation, we’re working with Missouri State Parks to find a solution. They know that Missourians want the trail. But they are wrestling with the details of who will own the corridor, how we can pay for the trail, and when we can make it happen. We’re working with them to find answers.

I know you support PedNet. Can I count on you now to get behind this ambitious trail project? Can I count on you to give $50, $100, or $250 for the Rock Island Trail?

The Katy Trail was the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of the previous generation, and the Rock Island Trail is ours.

With gratitude,

Annette Triplett
Executive Director

P.S. I’m asking you to donate in support of the Rock Island Trail. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity we can’t afford to miss.


For more information about the Rock Island Trail and its benefits for the state of Missouri, see our October 2018 Advocacy Alert.

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