Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to Give Holiday Gift to State's Trail System

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to Give Holiday Gift to State's Trail System

Missouri’s award-winning trail system is about to get a major addition! On December 10, Governor Jay Nixon – 2015 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award winner – will cut the ribbon on a 47.5-mile trail connecting Kansas City with Missouri’s world-renowned Katy Trail, giving hikers and bikers an uninterrupted path of almost 300 miles across the state to the St. Louis area. The new section of trail will follow an old railroad corridor.

Throughout his career, Governor Nixon has been a champion of healthy, active outdoor fun on America’s public lands and waters. In addition to being a Coleman Award recipient, Governor Nixon has hosted two Capitol Campouts, encouraged Missourians to get outdoors on their state’s trails through the “100 Missouri Miles Challenge,” promoted the state’s waterways through the “Blue Miles” program, developed new state parks and led efforts to extend the earmarking of a portion of the state’s sales tax for conservation and parks in a November 2016 vote. Due to term limits, Governor Nixon will leave office in January 2017. The American Recreation Coalition wishes him well in all of his future endeavors. And we expect to have the Governor continue championing the Great Outdoors.