The completion of the Meadowlark Trail, which would run from McPherson to Lindsborg, is one step closer to being completed. Following a ruling by District Judge Marilyn M. Wilder, the Central Kansas Conservancy is getting closer to having the clearance to get to work on the remaining portion of the trail.
Wilder’s ruling states: “Defendants are hereby permanently enjoined from erecting, installing, placing or maintaining any barrier to Plaintiff and its volunteers, board members and/or contractors beginning work to develop that portion of the Meadowlark Trail that transverses Defendants’ property.”
This trail has been met with backlash from nearby property owners and the community, including the burning of a bridge on the trail in August of 2017. Their original argument was that the CKC allowed this property too much time before completing the project, after earning permission from the Rails to Trails Act in 1997. However, there is no statute of limitations on the Rails to Trails Act.
This five-mile portion of the trail will connect two different trails and turn the Meadowlark Trail into one 12-mile stretch. The two connecting trails consist of a four-mile stretch that runs from Pawnee Road to McPherson as well as a three-mile trail from Shawnee Road into Lindsborg.