REPUBLIC, MO – The Republic Parks & Recreation Department has been granted provisional approval of a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant for the Owen Park Trail Project in the amount of $73,784.00. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources oversees the RTP grant program and recommended the project to the Federal Highway Administration agency where it was granted the provisional approval (pending environmental clearance).
The main component of the Owen Park Trail Project is the construction of an approximate .65 mile, asphalt surface trail within Owen Park (located at 440 N. Bailey Avenue) with a connector path to the existing playground. Additional amenities include new park benches, trashcans, pet waste station, trailhead signage, landscaping, and trees. The total project expense is estimated to be $144,438.00.
“Thank you to all Republic citizens who completed the trail project survey submitted with our grant application. Your input really helped demonstrate the need for the trail. The Republic Parks & Recreation Department is excited to get started on the project and provide this recreational trail within Owen Park,” stated Jennafer Mayfield, Community Outreach Superintendent.
Republic Parks & Recreation staff will begin work immediately on the environmental clearance portion of the project. From there, a timeline will be established for the formal bidding and construction of the trail with a target goal for completion in the 2nd quarter of 2018. Citizens interested in the project can follow along with the construction progress on the city’s website at http://www.republicmo.com on the Owen Park page.
“Thanks to everyone involved in making this happen and to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Federal Highway Administration agency. It’s a great thing to be able to maximize our local tax dollars with federal grant assistance to bring about this important project,” stated Jared Keeling, Parks & Recreation Director. “While the grant award will lead to a slight project delay from our original target goal for construction in the fall of 2017, it’s well worth it and greatly appreciated.”
For additional information, please contact the Republic Parks & Recreation Department at (417) 732.3500.