The new Shepard to Rollins connector of the Hinkson Creek Trail will open July 1. The connector links the east end of Rollins Street to the Bluffdale Drive cul-de-sac.
Construction of the trail began in November 2019. The 10-foot wide concrete trail crosses the Hinkson Creek and provides non-motorized transportation access from Ward 6 to the University of Missouri campus. An additional trail connecting to Stadium Boulevard and the Hinkson Creek Trail will be completed by Columbia Parks and Recreation.
Together, the two trail projects will provide an important link in the north-south section of the 30-mile trail loop around Columbia, allowing residents north of I-70 access to the MKT Trail, the University campus and downtown Columbia.
With the construction of the Shepard to Rollins connector complete, Parks and Recreation staff will start implementation of a tree reforestation and replanting plan. City staff will work with neighbors and interested parties to replant and restore trees and native plantings along the trail.
The Shepard to Rollins trail is a joint project between Parks and Recreation and Columbia Public Works GetAbout Columbia project. The construction project was budgeted at $1.83 million; funding came from federal GetAbout Phase II funds.
For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 573.874.7460.