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Trail construction ahead of schedule, southern expansion eyed

A bridge along the Bill Klingner Trail extension from 18th to 24th on Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 19, 2019 12:01 am

QUINCY -- Work on the next section of the Bill Klingner Trail is slated for a late October finish, and as another section of trail readies for construction, the Quincy Park District is exploring options to expand the trail south to Lincoln Park.

Cullan Duke, president of Friends of the Trails, said asphalt for the trail between 18th and 24th streets was finished this week, and work will focus on landscaping and cleanup.

The $2.138 million project has been ongoing since this spring and was initially expected to last until December.

Work has also been approved for the $855,000 trail extension through Parker Heights Park. It will connect with the park road, which is closed to vehicular traffic, around the Third Street overpass. Work could start this year, with work picking up again next spring.

"That will complete the connection back to the riverfront," Duke said.

Duke provided an update on the Klingner Trail Wednesday at the Park District administrative office.

Instead of heading east after the two projects are finished, the Park District is exploring heading south after the Quincy Park Board reached a consensus at its August retreat.

The idea is to extend trail between Parker Heights and Bob Bangert parks and Lincoln Park.

Park District Executive Director Rome Frericks said the proposal is in the early stages, but the district previously explored the idea.

"We're looking at a minimum of at least five years out before you would see any construction or anything like that," Frericks said. "We don't have any money yet for that next section. We're just in the preliminary stages of talking about it and coming up with some type of design to show the board next year."

The Park District took out a $2.3 million bond earlier this year to fund ongoing trail projects, which also were supported financially by Friends of the Trails. The bond will be paid back over five years.

Friends of the Trails is hosting multiple fundraisers Sunday to benefit trail development.

The Pedal the Parks fundraiser includes a 30-mile ride that starts at 9 a.m. and a 2- and 6-mile ride starting at 10:30 a.m. The ride starts at Kesler Park and the Dock, 1021 Bonansinga Drive. Entry is $25 for individuals and $50 for families.

Registration information is available at friendsofthetrails.org.

The organization also is hosting a scavenger hunt for families on the trail from 10 a.m. to noon starting at Bob Mays Park. The event costs $30 per family, and registration will take place in the parks shelter.

A bags tournament at the Dock also will benefit Friends of the Trails. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. with the tournament starting at noon. Registration is $40.

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