Cape Girardeau’s extended Riverfront Trail officially will open tomorrow with a noon ceremony at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Mississippi River boat access area in the Red Star neighborhood. The ceremony on National Trails Day will mark completion of an $800,000 project extending the concrete trail on the river side of the floodwall. The trail now runs from the Red Star neighborhood southward to the end of the floodwall in Cape Girardeau’s downtown, a distance of 6,800 feet. In late April, a 100-foot-long pedestrian bridge was installed, spanning Sloan Creek and extending the trail to the boat access site. In all, the trail was extended by some 300 feet on the north end and about 1,300 feet on the south side. Parks and recreation director Julia Thompson tells KZIM KSIM about the benefits of the extended trail.
The project also includes 11 new LEDs, which have been installed on top of the floodwall along the southern section of the newly extended trail.