NEBRASKA CITY – City commissioners offered their support Monday for a feasibility study and fundraising to expand Nebraska City’s bicycle and walking trails.
A $3 million proposal would extend the existing trail at Steinhart Park east to the downtown and north to the softball complex. New bridges that are under construction on north 11th Street and Fourth Corso include pedestrian walkways.
Doug Friedli of the Trails Committee said the intention is to provide recreation to as many neighborhoods and visitors as possible.
Friedli: “Outdoors, health living and also all the visitors that come to Nebraska City – 250,000 people a year – to Arbor Day Farms, for example. Lots of those folks want to get out and walk, as well as our local residents. We see it as connecting, not only to local residents, but also to tourists.”
Friedli said the committee is not expecting to use city funds to construct the loop inside the city limits or the connection with Steamboat Trace Trail south of town.
City Administrator Grayson Path said an interlocal agreement may be possible for trail segments outside of the city limits.
Path: “This has a lot of legs under it, a lot individuals involved, a lot of key individuals, who know about funding sources and how to get a project underway. I think they are going about it the right way. They are communicating with the city. We worked together to develop a sort of time line.”
Path said although the proposal has a small dollar amount for the city, it’s a complicated project because it’s citywide and right-of-way would have to be acquired.