Trail dedication featured in 100 Year Celebration
An important part of Edwardsville’s 100 Year Celebration Saturday at Edwardsville City Park will be the celebration of the completion of its walking trail, which will be dedicated to the late Phyllis Freeman, former city clerk.
The new half-mile trail stretches from the city park, 1200 Blake St., to the Boat Ramp Park on the Kansas River. It meanders along Bett’s Creek through the woods and includes a 100-foot bridge crossing the creek.
The City Council also approved repaving the half-mile of existing trail at City Park utilizing special sales tax dollars. The newly repaved section of trail and the newly constructed section of trail combined stretches 1 mile in total length.
The city had been working to create the trail for the last three years, applying for Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant funding through the Mid-America Regional Council and Kansas Department of Transportation in 2012. The trail’s original scope was from the City Park to the Community Center, but due to increased construction costs, the city had to restrict the project limits. The city hopes to extend the trail to the Community Center in the near future.
Construction began in late February and wrapped up in July.
The ribbon cutting ceremony for the trail will lead the celebration, taking place at 10:30 a.m., half an hour after the celebration begins. The City Council decided to dedicate the new trail in Phyllis’s honor in early 2013.
Freeman began working for the city in the mid-1980s as city treasurer. She took a leave of absence and then became city clerk, a position she maintained for 24 years until her retirement in July 2012. She was involved in many civic organizations, such as the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Chamber of Commerce and the Vaughn-Trent Community Services, and was the founder and main organizer of the city’s Autumnfest.
Her family will participate in Saturday’s dedication ceremony.
Following the dedication, attendees can purchase hamburgers for $1, hot dogs for 50 cents, and chips and drinks for 25 cents each. Cotton candy will be provided for free.
Games and activities will be provides for children through 2 p.m. The Doug Danner Band will play from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students from Edwardsville Elementary School will sing Happy Birthday at 12:45 p.m., followed by serving of birthday cake.