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Construction begins on multi-use trail at Fellows Lake

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Building begins on multi-use path at Fellows Lake

Building of a brand new 6.65-mile lengthy mountain biking and strolling path at Fellows Lake will begin Monday, the primary part in an eventual 33-mile, $1.8 million path enlargement north of Springfield.

It will likely be the most recent main recreation enchancment at Fellows Lake, which this winter will even see its ageing boat marina changed by Metropolis Utilities and a brand new playground constructed close by in a separate challenge.

The “Grime 66” mountain bike/strolling path challenge is being funded by Springfield-based TrailSpring, Inc., a nonprofit that has been working to increase biking alternatives within the Springfield space.

“The Grime 66 Path System is designed to accommodate entry-level newbies, primarily reasonable, and some superior trails,” mentioned Jessica Pearson, govt director of TrailSpring. “The Grime 66 Trails are going to vary the dynamic for the area by bettering high quality of life and creating new financial exercise.”

Subcontractor Branden Schwab ties orange markers on trees to mark the path of the new 7-mile mountain bike trail at Fellows Lake.

“We all know first-hand the ability of collaboration and are honored to associate with TrailSpring and Metropolis Utilities to make the Grime 66 Grasp Plan a actuality,” mentioned Mary Kromrey, govt director of Ozark Greenways, which is overseeing the challenge. “We firmly consider {that a} sturdy trails and parks system is vital to our area’s efforts to turn out to be an out of doors vacation spot.”

It has taken a number of years to work out the agreements wanted to convey the challenge to actuality.

“Metropolis Utilities’ ahead considering of public land use mixed with TrailSpring’s management in creating the Grime 66 Grasp Plan will elevate our whole area,” Kromrey mentioned.  

The first phase of the trail is 6.65 miles long, but will eventually expand to about 33 miles around Fellows Lake.

The primary part of Grime 66 is a collaborative effort between Metropolis Utilities, which owns the lake and land round it, Ozark Greenways, which already manages a 2.5-mile greenway path by way of the woods at Fellows Lake, and TrailSpring.

Residents residing close to the lake received a letter over the weekend alerting them to the trail-building challenge. 

Within the letter, Ozark Greenways says the challenge ought to take 20-22 weeks to finish. 

“We wish you to know that you just may need to endure some mud and noise points for chosen hours in the course of the day,” Kromrey wrote. 

She inspired Fellows Lake guests to watch out round tools that can be used in the course of the building part of the challenge. 

David Renko, right, of Arkansas-based Progressive Trail Design, and subcontractor Branden Schwab, left, eye the path of the future mountain bike trail. Construction on the trail will start Monday.

On Friday, Progressive Path Design foreman David Renko and subcontractor Branden Schwab had been strolling the woods at Fellows Lake, marking the path path with vibrant orange tape. 

Renko mentioned the 6.65-mile path can be “an introductory model path for cyclists” that may provide a “shared-use expertise” for walkers, hikers and path runners too. It will likely be constructed on the north facet of the lake, with a number of connecting loops.

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