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Greenway Trail Extension Opens

Jefferson City is expanding its Greenway Trail, which will allow it to connect several schools.The new $700,000 trail expansion will link Lincoln University to Jefferson City schools and the YMCA.The city’s director of Parks and Recreation says officials do have other plans to expand the trail.”Trying to connect into residential neighborhoods so people can get out of their houses without having to get into their cars to get to the greenway,” said Bill Lockwood. A federal grant funded nearly half of the project, while capital improvements and a local parks sales tax funded around 43 percent of the cost. The rest of the money came from Jefferson City Public Schools.JCPS superintendent says they are proud of the new ten-foot wide, mile long concrete trail.”I think if people are used to walking on other portions of the greenway, they’ll definitely notice a different feel to this one and I think they’ll really enjoy it very much,” said Brian Mitchell.City leaders have applied for another federal grant to extend the trail near Frog Hollow Mission Road where the new St. Mary’s Hospital is under construction and where the new high school will possibly be located.

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