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Gov. Jay Nixon to connect KC with the Katy Trail

The first couple walks the Katy Trail
The first couple walks the Katy Trail

Finally, after years of negotiation and foot-dragging, Kansas City will soon be connected to the renowned Katy Trail that gives walkers and bike riders a nearly 300-mile path across Missouri.

On Friday, Gov. Jay Nixon’s office announced that the governor would be in Pleasant Hill on Saturday, Dec. 10, to cut the ribbon on the final 47.5 mile leg that will link KC with the trail.

The new section will follow the corridor of the old Rock Island Railroad for 47.5 miles from Pleasant Hill to Windsor, where there will be a junction with the current Katy Trail State Park.

“This will be a day for Missourians to celebrate, as our outstanding Katy Trail connects to Kansas City on this new trail,” Nixon said in a statement. “What a great opportunity this will be for Missourians of all ages and visitors from across the country and around the world to enjoy this fantastic cross-state trail.”

People are invited to ride or walk the new trail with Nixon after he cuts the ribbon at 2 p.m. The event will occur at the Pleasant Hill trailhead, 308 W. Commercial.