The future of the Rock Island Corridor which will stretch across parts of the Lake Area will be the main topic of discussions during a series of informational open-house style meetings.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says the meetings will include information about the development and operations of the 144-mile long trail, public safety, landowner and real estate topics, opportunities for grants and future partnerships.

The first meeting will be in the Morgan County Library in Versailles on Tuesday, January 18th, with meetings to follow on the 20th in Owensville and on the 25th in Freeburg. Each of the meetings will run from 5:30-7:00.

 

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JAN. 6, 2021 – Missouri State Parks will hold a series of three informational meetings in communities along the Rock Island Corridor. The purpose of the open house-style meetings will be to gather public input and understand the needs and goals of each community and landowners along the corridor.

The meetings will include information about trail development and operations, public safety, landowner and real estate topics, grant opportunities and future partnership opportunities.

The three meetings will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022
Morgan County Library
600 N. Hunter St., Versailles

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022
Scenic Regional Library-Owensville Branch
503 South Olive St., Owensville 

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022
American Legion Post 317
402 Hwy 63, Freeburg 

Individuals requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling 800-334-6946.

On Dec. 14, 2021, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources accepted ownership of the Rock Island Corridor. The department plans to develop the 144 miles of the former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad corridor, which stretches from Windsor to Beaufort, Missouri, into a public recreational trail. Missouri Central Railroad Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ameren Missouri, donated the property at no cost to the state.

For more information about the Rock Island Corridor visit mostateparks.com/rockislandlinecorridor.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.comMissouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.