The draft Park Sales Tax project list included funding for the Perche Creek Trail Phase II and Hinkson Creek Trail: Clark Lane to Vandiver. This would build only 2.5 miles of new trails over the next 10 years. Revising the project list to include the additional three trails that Local Motion recommended would accelerate trail construction to build 9 miles of new trails over the next 10 years.
Local Motion supported the 2021 Park Sales Tax renewal and strongly advocated for the inclusion of additional new trails in the Park Sales Tax project list.
350 people, businesses, and major employers submitted letters to City Council asking for additional trails to be included in the Park Sales Tax project list. At the August 16 City Council meeting, trail supporters filled the Council Chambers to show support for trails.
And it worked. City Council listened to our input, and directed City staff to update the project list to include more trails. At the September 7 Council meeting, City Council approved the revised list.
This campaign changed the course of trail-building in Columbia. Because we worked together and made the needs of the people clear, Columbia is on track to build 3-4x more trails than the original proposal.