Nixon announces $2.9 million grant to Missouri Parks

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COLUMBIA – Gov. Jay Nixon announced Friday that $2.9 million in grants through Missouri State Parks will be donated for 31 projects from the federal Recreational Trails Program and Land Water Conservation Fund. 

The city of Columbia received $310,000 for three different projects: $160,000 for two bridge replacements on the MKT Trail and informational trail kiosks, and $150,000 for Norma Smith Park.  

"Columbia is going to get to work as soon as they can. I know they're already working at Norma Smith Park and are probably going to let things die down in the fall and later in the winter they will begin replacing the bridges," Missouri State Parks Director Bill Bryan said.

Nixon also announced that, in December, the 47-mile long Rock Island section of the Katy Trail is scheduled to open between Windsor and Pleasant Hill, near Kansas City. Completion of the trail extension will enable hikers and from the St. Louis area to the Kansas City area.

“It’s clear that investing in our parks enhances the lives of all Missourians and that those investments will be beneficial for generations to come,” Nixon said.