Why does the Park District plan to build a trail through Parker Heights Park?

Plans call for the Bill Klingner Trail expansion to head underneath the Virgil Goehl Bridge on North Firth Street. The trail expansion between Bonansinga Drive and Fifth Street is estimated to cost $1.076 million, and the Quincy Park District is seeking a grant to assist with construction. | H-W Photo/Matt Hopf
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 20, 2018 12:01 am

We use the Bill Klingner Trail often and feel that we and the community are very fortunate to have this great asset available. Thanks to all who have been involved in making it a reality, but I do question why the plan is to build another trail between Fifth Street and Bonansinga Drive instead of using the park road that already exists?

The Quincy Park Board voted 5-2 in August to allow Executive Director Rome Frericks to prepare an application for grant funding for the portion of the Bill Klingner Trail between Fifth Street and Bonansinga Drive through Parker Heights Park.

The Park District is seeking a grant through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program that would cover 35 percent of the project's cost, which is estimated at $1.076 million. Friends of the Trails has committed to raising $100,000 for the project.

The trail would head under the bridge at Fifth Street, traveling along Cedar Creek before reconnecting with a portion of the Parker Heights road that would be regraded as a trail.

Park Board President Bob Gough was one of the dissenting votes. He believed the district should use as much of the road for the trail as possible but said he would go along with the board's decision.

"The city built the Fifth Street bridge in a way to accommodate the new section of the trail running under the bridge and along the creek as another original intention of the trail was to not have any road intersections for safety reasons," Gough said. "As board president, I am fully supporting our efforts to acquire the necessary grant funding from the state.

"Now, if we do not come up with the grant funding, we can revisit utilizing all of the road through Parker Heights."

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