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The City of Moundridge has been awarded a $70,000 grant for a recreational trail around Wheat Ridge Park. The grant comes from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism.
City Administrator, Randy Frazer said, “We are very fortunate to receive these funds. Money for the state trail program was very limited this year and many projects were not funded.”
The proposed trail would provide pedestrian and bicycle access all around Wheat Ridge Park and it would connect to the Moundridge Swimming Pool. It would also access the O.W.L. project site south of the football field and it would provide a connection to the High School Track.
The City distributed surveys to its residents, last summer, containing questions regarding the frequency at which they use the public sidewalk system and any recreational trails within Moundridge. Nearly 23 percent of the respondents said they walk either the Black Kettle Park trail or Pack Park trail at least once a week. Almost 90 percent of the people who responded to the survey said they walk within the city of Moundridge, they walk for exercise or just to spend time outdoors. Of the respondents who said they or their family use the municipal swimming pool frequently, nearly 70 percent said their children have walked or biked to get there.
Construction of a Wheat Ridge Park trail would further encourage outdoor activity by providing another park trail while connecting multiple facilities together, thus encouraging pedestrian and bicycle travel to access these facilities.
The Recreation Trail Grant will cover up to 80% of the costs of the trail development.