Columbia Takes Lead on Trails
Even during the winter, many people like Dan Goldschmidt get outside and travel Columbia's public trails.
"I see a lot of people using these trails, a lot of runners, a lot of bikers and a lot of people walking dogs," he said.
Soon, Goldschmidt and other fans will have even more trails to enjoy. The city's parks and recreation department is trying to extend the current trail network.
"We have Stephens Lake Park well-developed and we have Grindstone that's finished in trails," explained Michael Griggs, park services manager.
"So, one way is to connect those two, and we're going to apply for a grant to help get that done."
A grant of up to $750,000 will pay for the project, if the federal government accepts Columbia's application.
The plan would connect Stephens Lake Park and Grindstone Nature Area trails within the next two years. Columbia plans to build the trails along Hinkson Creek and Highway 63, without disturbing nearby residents.
And, the parks and rec master plan calls for connecting all Columbia trails and making a loop around the city.