Quincy News

Klingner Trail donation brings campaign close to goal

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 8, 2018 8:30 am

QUINCY -- Mike Mahair made a point to drive past the Bill Klingner trailhead in Bob Mays Park on North 18th Street Wednesday morning.

Despite an overcast day with temperatures in the 30s, he saw some people using the trail.

The president of State Street Bank, Mahair was on hand Wednesday during a press conference at the Klingner Trail entrance on Fifth Street where the bank presented $5,000 to Friends of the Trail for the future trail development to Bonansinga Drive.

"My wife and I ride the trail, walk the trail and bring the grandkids out here," Mahair said. "We see the importance as far to the community in terms of people who enjoy the trail almost on a daily basis. We look forward to people enjoying this for many years to come."

Friends of the Trails committed to raise $100,000 for this portion of the trail, which is estimated to cost $1.076 million. Cullan Duke, president of Friends of the Trails, said the organization has raised more than $90,000 toward the goal.

The Park District also is seeking a grant through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program that could cover 35 percent of the project costs.

"It's one of the more scenic sections of the trail," Duke said. "It'll be a really good addition to the trail."

The first portion of the trail between 12th and 18th streets opened in 2009. The second portion between 12th and Fifth streets opened last year.

The state is expected to seek bids for the next portion of the Klingner Trail between 18th and 24th streets this April with construction slated for this year.

The estimated $2.4 million extension is supported with a $792,000 grant and Friends of the Trails pledged $350,000 toward the cost.

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