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Quincy Park District seeking grant to expand trail to 5th Street

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

It's been a plan in the works for more than 60 years old to build a trail on the north side of Quincy. But where will the money come from?

The development of the Bill Klingner Trail, formerly knows as Cedar Creek, could hinge on a grant application and a possible tax increase.

Right now, the trail starts at North 18th Street and runs a mile to 12th Street. The Park District is wanting to expand it further, taking the next section down to 5th Street.

"It's an expensive trail," said Ed Seger, Quincy Park District Executive Director. "It's a multi-use trail, 10 feet wide so it can accommodate both walkers, joggers, bicyclists, etcetera."

The total project would cost approximately $2.7 million. The district already has private donations approaching $500,00. They're now asking for a grant to cover $972,345.

That would leave the district with just over $1.3 million, which would come from bonding.

"The amount we would put into the bond for this project, if it were paid off in three years, and again no decisions have been made, I'm using hypothetical's, it would probably increase the owner of a $100,000 house somewhere in the vicinity of about $25 a year," said Seger.

The grant has to be submitted by August 20 and officials hope to hear if they are approved for funding by the end of the year.

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