A new pavilion is being erected at the Flats Trail Head on the corner of Missouri and Osteopathy streets. The pavilion, partially funded by a local anonymous business donor, will offer visitors a place to picnic and rest when they visit the trail. Future developments, weather permitting, including concrete sidewalks, a parking lot and a bathroom.
Other funding comes from the Missouri Department of Conservation Land Conservation Partnership Grant. They have four programs and the grant FLATS received was for their Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Program.
According to Royce Kallerud, FLATS Board vice-president, the grant amount was $49,200 and the total project budget is $98,400. Kallerud said that FLATS raised the matching funds through generous donations from Rotary, the Surbeck Trust and individual donations.
“This grant will allow FLATS to complete a 24′ x 24′ pavilion with a monoslope roof and tongue-and groove ceiling, install 255′ of concrete sidewalks connecting the different areas of the FLATS-Theta Psi Trailhead, supply electric to the pavilion, and landscape areas of the trailhead around the pavilion,” Kallerud wrote in an email. “Separately from the grant, we will be installing a custom trailhead sign to honor the Theta Psi Fraternity, which donated the land to FLATs and was located at the site for decades, and a parking lot.”
Kallerud said that FLATS contracted with Alta Planning and Design to develop a trailhead concept plan and that the Rotary Nature Playscape is complete and will be opened following the completion of the parking lot. Once the current projects are completed, FLATS will turn its attention to the construction of an accessible restroom at the trailhead.
“This is the last major part of the concept plan,” Kallerud said.
The trailhead provides access to a .7 mile trail that travels west along the north bank of Big Creek. The city of Kirksville plans to complete a .2 mile sidewalk connecting the FLATS-Theta-Psi Trailhead to downtown Kirksville. This is funded and slated for construction in 2025 (or maybe 2026).
Ultimately, the FLATS Trail Head will become a Kirksville City Park.