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Clinton Leaders Look Forward To Next Phase Of Recreation Trail Project

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Outdoor enthusiasts are about to see an important upgrade to the Clinton's Mississippi River trail, completing a route through the entire city that could help boost the local economy. The new portion of the trail through the downtown area will join two existing trails. One starts north, at Eagle Point Park, and goes along the riverfront. It has been around for more than 15 years. 

"I enjoy it," resident Desiree Soppe said. "I have two small children. It's nice to be able to take them somewhere where you feel safe."

The other trail, west, extends to the city limits at Camanche. It was finished just last year. City leaders say joining these two trails will be like adding that last piece of the puzzle. The gap between the two was around one mile long.

 "It's just kind of a pain to have to stop your ride so fast," resident Steven Mendoza said.

Early next week, construction will start to connect them.

"I think expanding it would be nice," resident Sarah Rafferty said. "We would have walked further had it not ended at the bridge."
"That's going to be a really cool transition," Mendoza said. "I'd appreciate it."

The expansion will create around 35 miles of trails.

"I would like to run it, but I mean, right now, I'll start just walking it," Soppe said. "So, it will be a nice challenge to be able to run it the entire way sometime."

Clinton City Council member John Rowland says the expansion works well with the city's recreation vision, and it could bring more people to the area. 

 "It fits in well with attracting people from the Thomson prison site," he said. "We're looking at 900 or 1,000 jobs opening up there, so we think that we can market our community as a good place to be for those people.

Most of the trail goes along the streets, not on or across them, except at some intersections. City leaders say safety shouldn't be a concern. The new portion of the trail will be around 10 feet wide, and should be finished by summer.


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