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Dan Burkhardt of the Katy Land Trust voiced concerns over the proposed Missouri Bluffs Development during a St. Charles Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on July 17, 2019.
Shahla Farzan | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated Oct. 1 with St. Charles County Council's final approval of proposal

The St. Charles County Council voted 5-1 on Monday night approving a controversial housing project near the Katy Trail.

The county’s planning and zoning commission had twice rejected the proposal to build more than 200 homes on bluffs above the Missouri River. The council needed five votes to override that rejection.

Jonathan Ahl | St. Louis Public Radio

A bill before Gov. Mike Parson would set up a fund to accept donations and grants to develop the 144-mile former Rock Island rail line as a recreational trail.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources would manage the fund, but there will be no state money committed to the project.

The new 144-mile segment of the Rock Island Trail would span from Windsor, Missouri, in the western part of the state to Beaufort in Franklin County.
MoBikeFed | Flickr

A study by the University of Missouri Extension calls for the state to accept a donation of land and eventually complete the Rock Island Trail.

The 144 miles of former railroad line would span from Windsor, Missouri,  in the western part of the state to Beaufort in Franklin County, adding to the current hiking and biking trail. The trail would connect Kansas City and St. Louis.

Pedestrian, biking bridges to be built in St. Charles

Feb 13, 2017
Future plans for highway crossing over 364 and 94 in St. Charles. Plans to be finished in spring 2018.
provided / Great Rivers Greenway

Pedestrians and bikers will eventually be able to cross over two busy highways in St. Charles. A project is planned to construct two new pedestrian bridges over highways 364 and 94. 

Richie Camden and Dominic Rekart take the Breakaway Siberians dog sled team  out for a practice run on the Katy Trail near Weldon Spring, Mo., in January 2017.
Maren Leonard

It’s just after sunup on the Katy Trail in Weldon Spring, and musher Richie Camden is unloading his dog sledding equipment on the trailhead parking lot.

As he carries leads and adjusts harnesses, 11 blue-eyed Siberian huskies and one brown-eyed Gordon setter watch his every move through the truck windows.

Impatiently.

Nanook begins the whining. Jared the setter joins in with an excited bark. Soon, there’s a whole chorus of howls, ranging from baritone to soprano, echoing through the morning quiet.

Bike path opens over Missouri River at I-64

Jun 9, 2016
Missouri Department of Transportation

A bicycle and pedestrian trail crossing the Missouri River on the I-64 Daniel Boone Bridge opened Thursday. The path connects the Monarch Levee Trail in St. Louis County to the Katy Trail in St. Charles County.

Executive Director of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation Brent Hugh says the path will bring more trail users into riverside communities.

Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources

Bicycle enthusiasts in Missouri are breathing a sigh of relief over the fate of one bill while worrying about another.

First, there's House Bill 2046, which would require bicycles to have reflective orange flags mounted on 15-foot-long poles whenever they're being ridden on state lettered routes. The second, House Bill 2047, would allow limited use of golf carts and so-called utility vehicles on the Katy Trail.

Celebrating 25 years: snapshots from the Katy Trail

May 24, 2015
A section of the Katy Trail in St. Charles, MO.
Durrie Bouscaren | St. Louis Public Radio

The longest Rails-to-Trails project in the country, and Missouri's "skinniest state park" turns 25 years old this year. After weathering floods, storms and even a tornado, the 240-mile long Katy Trail attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. 

Commentary: Conservation gifts come in many sizes

Apr 13, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 13, 2012 - Missouri's newest state park -- Don Robinson's gift of 843 acres in Jefferson County -- is a welcome addition to an outstanding list of public areas in our region. Don Robinson State Park will forever enhance the recreational, social and educational opportunities for all of us .

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 26, 2010 - The old golf cart chugs up a dirt road, over tall grass, up and down hills, past rows of grape vines and bales of hay, and stops among the cows.

"Hey, Connie, tell her what we call this particular area here," Dan Burkhardt says to his wife, sitting in the back seat.

She laughs.