The Central Kansas Conservancy received a $70,000 gift from an anonymous donor. This donation will be used to help complete the entire Meadowlark Trail from McPherson to Lindsborg.
“The donor understands that it is critical for us to maintain our recent momentum and is encouraging rapid completion of the entire trail from McPherson to Lindsborg,” Central Kansas Trails posted on its Facebook page on July 26. “As such, this donation is conditional upon the funds being used exclusively for the pivotal section of trail from Pawnee Road to Pioneer.”
The trail has been closing in on completion since a ruling in June over the trail by District Judge Marilyn M. Wilder gave the CKC clearance to finish connecting the two trails.
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.