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Planning commission would like to expand Tonganoxie trail offerings

March 3, 2010

Recreationalists throughout Tonganoxie won’t be limited to just the trails that currently wind throughout Chieftain and VFW parks if the city’s planning commission has its way. During a work session meeting Thursday, the planning commission will sit down and devise a strategy to put permanent trails and walk ability plan in place for the city. It’s a move that leaders believe is better for the overall quality of living in Tonganoxie.

“It’s going to be comprehensive in the fact that ya we’re looking at everybody from recreational users to people who may use it to get to and from work,” said Joel Skelley, chairman of the Tonganoxie Planning Commission.

While two of the city’s parks are connected by a network of paved trails, planning commissioners are looking into plans to expand those trails and link them up with the current sidewalks. The goal is to make it easier for residents to get around town when they can’t or don’t want to drive a car.

“Not everybody is always able or wants to drive a vehicle so by doing this we’re adding other options,” said Skelley.

Area children also see value in the plan. Many young residents frequent the parks to burn off some after-school steam. Lucas Skaggs, 12, dribbles his basketball down the trail to the basketball courts at Chieftain Park, every chance he gets.

“I want it to be bigger where we could just walk around and it would be a trail that is bigger and longer,” said Skaggs.

The “grass roots” movement is still in its early stages. It’s still too soon to talk about funding for the project but planning commissioners are confident once a concrete plan is in place, funding shouldn’t be an issue. Following their Thursday meeting, the commission will be seeking advice from the general public about the wants and needs for recreational trails throughout the city.

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