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Baxter Springs Economic Development raises funds for proposed walking/biking trail

It's already a tourist attraction for motorists, but one town along Route 66 is looking to make the destination a stop for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Baxter Springs Economic Development group has been raising funds to build a new walking and riding trail along Route 66, which would circle the city, but are in need of funding.

Today there was a homemade arts and crafts fundraiser to help raise funds for the Cherokee trails, with all proceeds going towards the cause.

"The first problem you have is raising finances, and so we started a car show to start raising finances and we've managed to raise about $7,000 and we've applied for a grant. We've been approved for the sunflower foundation grant, which is a health grant, but they would like for us to raise more money." says Kathy Bolek, Baxter Springs Economic Development Director.

Baxter Springs already has 3 historic trails...but it's not appealing to the eye.

"There was an opportunity to build some trails, already along trails that were already designated here in our community. We have 3 trails that have maps and guides to go with them, but they're not well...not good trails. They're not regular walking trails or are broken up. You either walk on the street or on broken up sidewalk." Bolek says.

Bolek says each mile would cost about $5,000 to build.

If you would like to donate, there is a fund set up at American Bank along Military Ave. in Baxter Springs in a "Cherokee Trails" fund.
Or you can stop by Baxter Springs City Hall and donate directly to the city.
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