The money comes from MODoT, and should be spent in the coming months.
Stephens Lake Park is a place for children and families play. The city of Columbia plans to create a trail from this park to Woodridge Park in east Columbia.
Holli Carr is a mom who often visits the park with her son likes the idea of expansion connecting the two parks.
"I think it's one of the things that makes Columbia a great town. We have so many parks," said Carr.
The city hopes the trail will provide residents of the Woodridge community with better access to not only local parks, but larger city parks, as well. The trail will run from Stephens Lake Park, under Highway 63, and into the Woodridge community near Woodridge Park.
In a few years, it will be extended under I-70 into northern Columbia near Clark Lane. The city will spend its half-million dollar share of the federal money to upgrade the proposed trail from gravel.
"We have the opportunity now with this additional money through the federal enhancement grant to upgrade the trail to a hard surface, which will make it better for commuting purposes, and definitely make it more of an all-season trail," said Steve Saitta from Columbia Parks and Recreation.
The trail is currently still in the planning phase, and the city hopes to start construction in 2008 or 2009.
Jefferson City also received $500,000 to go towards pedestrian access to the Adrian's Island Nature Area in the Missouri River.
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