Mission’s Turkey Creek Trail grant application in competition; public can help decide who gets funded

The trail is complete through Merriam, including this section near the Merriam Marketplace.
The Turkey Creek Trail is completed through Merriam and Overland Park, but is only a line on the map right now in Mission.

If you would like to see Mission get grant funding for the design of the proposed Turkey Creek Trail section that would run through the city, you might be able to help make the case that it is a worthy project.

The Planning Sustainable Places program run through the Mid-America Regional Council has received 27 applications for funding and there isn’t enough money to fund all 27 projects. To help decide which of the applications will get money this year, MARC is asking for opinions. So, you can help decide the outcome of the grant competition, but comments need to be shared by tomorrow.

“Because many of our programs are funded with your tax dollars and may affect your community, we invite you to share your opinions about proposed projects across the Kansas City region,” a recent notice from MARC said. Feedback on the projects, which come from all across the region, is due by Thursday.

The full description in the Mission project application, including a place to leave a comment can be found here. The full list of the projects in competition for the grant money can be found here. The Mission application already has 10 supporting comments by this morning.

The Mission application is asking for $91,000 in federal money to be matched by $39,000 of local money. The Turkey Creek Trail in Mission would connect already built sections in Merriam and Overland Park with sections under construction in Kansas City, Kan.

Another project on the list is in Leawood and would fund an implementation plan for the 135th Street corridor. The objective is to bring about sustainable urban development along the corridor. That plan description can be found here.