- Golden Corral coming to Cape; may hire 100 workers (7/21/16)10
- Woman sleeping in car accused of attacking Cape officer (7/26/16)13
- Area groups working together to reintroduce elk in Missouri (7/18/16)1
- Prosecutor says shooting by state trooper was justified (7/24/16)15
- Former Scott City mayor refutes claims made about loss of curbside recycling pickup (7/26/16)
- Burglary of trailer leaves its residents homeless (7/27/16)4
- Cape resident gets seven years in prison for shooting at man (7/26/16)1
- Hastings in Cape closing (7/22/16)5
- Foot plots provide habitats and nutrition to attract wildlife, grow populations (7/18/16)
- City may spend extra park tax money on Cape Splash, skate park, other projects (7/25/16)10
Jackson's new trail
Over the years, area cities have left their sidewalks to crumble as people relied more on vehicles to transport them from place to place.
Now the reverse is happening and people are walking more for their health and pleasure, but they find that sidewalks aren't plentiful.
Walking trails that link residential areas and city parks have been popular additions to Southeast Missouri communities. Such trails are good examples of how communities can offer fitness opportunities to residents as a means of combating obesity.
Sidewalks that let parents walk their children to and from school or allow families to stroll through the neighborhood each evening help develop a sense of community and give people greater amounts of exercise.
Jackson city officials unveiled last week the latest segment in their recreational trail, that will eventually link the public schools and park.
The Orchard Trace trail, at 6 feet wide, is just slightly wider than a typical sidewalk. It runs for 1,875 feet along Orchard Drive and ties into the first phase of a recreational trail that runs along Independence Street. Now an elementary and middle school are linked to the city park.
And since the trails are open, parents can feel a little safer about letting their children walk to school without fear of them being in the street.
Another phase of the trail is expected to connect with a Missouri Department of Transportation project on West Jackson Boulevard.
Jackson officials, in implementing the recreational trail system, are putting a greater emphasis on pedestrian and cycling traffic, which is good for the city and for residents' health.