What it Paola Pathways?
Paola Pathways is a trail system being developed by a diverse community taskforce and approved by the Paola City Council. The system will link key locations throughout the city - especially schools, parks, and recreational facilities. The family-friendly, non-motorized, multi-use trails will consist of a variety of surfaces and distances designed for walkers, runners, and bicyclists.
Where are the trails planned?
The master plan includes trails linking all parts of town, Wallace Park, Lake Miola, schools and other points of interest. Phases are being developed as funds allow.
Completed in June 2014, the first 3½ miles of the trail system is located in Wallace Park. A bike lane was added to the one-way loop of Wallace Park Drive as well as along Hospital Drive. An asphalt connector trail was also constructed adjacent to Hedge Lane creating a safer alternative for pedestrians and bicyclists leading to the schools and connecting the area to the lake.
>>Visit our Wallace Park page.
Construction began in November 2014 on a three-year project that will add more than six miles of trail around Lake Miola. The surface is the same as in Wallace Park—8 ft. wide limestone screenings. Five kiosks and parking areas are planned to allow easy access for visitors and residents alike. The terrain includes open meadows on both the east and west sides as well as a densely wooded area on the north end of the lake. The final section will consist of trail below the dam across the spillway. >>Visit our Lake Miola page.
To improve the quality of life and general appeal of Paola by promoting the development of safe, high quality trails and lanes connecting points of interest within the community.
Why Build Trails?
Multi-use trails and on-road bicycle lanes offer communities a means of safe and convenient transportation while also offering a multitude of benefits that contribute to the well-being of a community. They connect neighborhoods to schools, workplaces and cultural centers, historic sites and other places of interest. Benefits include:
Trails and bike lanes provide a safe,inexpensive and convenient avenue for regular exercise.
Trails increase property values. Close proximity to trailheads is a priority sought by prospective buyers. Trails also improve the local economy through tourism and civic improvement.
Nearly 50% of all personal travel trips are fewer than three miles long. The use of trails and lanes can replace vehicles for these shorter trips to school, work or the store.
Trails act as linear parks that connect the key points of a community and foster community involvement and pride. They are accessible to all ages and income levels.
Task Force Members
Jim Pritchard, Chair