The city will try again to obtain a grant to purchase property for a hiking trail along the Meramec River that would enhance the city park system.
The city received a $4,000 parks planning grant in 2011 from the St. Louis County municipal park grant program for the purpose of developing a trails master plan. The city’s match in the 80-20 split grant was $800.
The plan focuses on a new park in the city.
Darren Dunkle, CPRP, certified parks and recreation professional, with Cochran Engineering, helped obtain the grant and developed the trails master plan, which was designed to eventually connect with the St. Louis County trails in the Meramec Greenway System on the east and reach Shaw Nature Reserve in the west.
A portion of Pacific is located in St. Louis County.
Jim Fischesser, St. Louis County Municipal League, said a trail in Pacific would be an asset because it could tie the extensive St. Louis County trail system through Franklin County to the Shaw Nature Reserve and would benefit outdoor recreation for the entire region.
Alderman Steve Myers has worked with area outdoor organizations to promote the trail, which he calls Pacific River Walk.
The city applied for a land purchase grant from St. Louis County Parks last year.
The city hopes to buy a 25-acre portion of the Louis “Bud” Brundick farm, fronting on the Meramec River to provide land for the trail. The Brundick property would enable access to the river trail at the end of East Orleans Street.
The 2012 grant application was denied, but the city will now reapply for land purchase funds. Aldermen approved the grant application at the Sept. 17 board of aldermen meeting.
Stephen Flannery, park board president, also has championed a hiking trail along Brush Creek between Liberty Field and the city park.
“Eventually we hope to have a series of hiking-biking trails,” Flannery said.