What will be achieved with the funding?

Funding necessary to convert the rail to trail will include:

  • Site Preparation

  • Signage

  • Security equipment

  • Insurance and liability costs

  • Fencing for property owners

  • Bridge repairs and maintenance

  • Staffing

  • Park Ranger Vehicles

  • Initial Trail development 

Who Will Benefit?

Trails are mentioned more frequently than any other outdoor recreation facility in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). One of the three most supported goals for the State is to "support trails and walk-able communities."

A developed trail will offer safe trail routes to area schools. This not only represents a benefit to the community, but it opens up opportunities for federal grants. 

Communities along the Katy Trail State Park have experience a resurgence. Businesses have been energized and new businesses launched.

The Rock Island Trail State Park will traverse 23 towns, providing s safe, non-motorized path to school, work, stores and restaurants within each town and from town to town.

With the addition of the 144-mile Rock Island Trail State Park, approximately 41% of all Missourians will live within 50 miles of the expanded trail network. Investments in this campaign will help make Missouri a destination spot for outdoor enthusiasts from outside the state and help scale-up economic investments in rural areas of the State.

Other benefits include: connectivity to neighbors, inter-generational activities for staying active. Walking, running, cycling, horseback riding, all wheelchair and stroller  accessible. 

Increased property values for nearby homes and new businesses springing up along the trail.

As the trail goes, the list of benefits grow.

CAMPAIGN GOALS FOR CONNECTIONS: THE NEXT STEP

GIFTS TO THE ROCK ISLAND TRAIL STATE PARK FUND WILL MAKE THE FIRST STEP POSSIBLE.

The Missouri State Parks Foundation must raise the initial $9,803,000 goal before any money can be invested in the trail's development, including money require for the right of way for future use and 10+ years of continued development: fencing, gates, bridge repairs, barriers to hazardous areas, equipment to maintain the crossings and security to secure the corridor.

This campaign provides the first step to attract federal grants and develop the trail in the future. Full development of the corridor is estimated to cost between $65 and $85 million.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make history-a chance that may not come again. Your support for this "next step" will make all the difference.

Capital

    

Fencing $760,000

Closure of crossing and bridges $202,000

Signage $51,000

Contracted Labor $600,000

Security and equipment $350,000

Ranger vehicles and equipment $110,000

$2,073,000

Programs/Operating (10 Years)

$4,730,000

Rangers ($125,000 annual) $1250,000

Park Maintenance staff ($137,000 annual) $1,370,000

Maintenance Cost ($211,000 annual) $2,110,000

Contingency 
                
Insurance and liability for bridges and tunnels
Needed to accept Missouri Central Railroad's lead gift 
Initial Trail Development
TOTAL

$2,000,000

$1,000,000

$9,803,000

$10,000,000

$19,803,000

*GIFTS TO THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE USED EXCLUSIVELY BY THE MISSOURI STATE PARKS FOUNDATION TO ENSURE THE ROCK ISLAND CORRIDOR IS RAIL-BANKED AND DEVELOPED INTO A TRAIL.

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