BRANSON, Mo. — If you like hiking through the Ozarks, city leaders in Branson are working to give you more options.
Branson’s Park and Recreation Department presented their “Five Year Trail Improvement and Expansion” plan at a recent Board of Alderman’s study session.
That plan includes extending the current Taney Como path about 4-tenths of a mile, improving flood damaged areas on the Roark Creek Trail — such as adding a hard surface path, clearing the Fall Creek Trail and extending the current Roark Creek beyond the trail creek bluff.
They also hope to add connections between the trails, to make it easier for hikers to go from one trail to another.
Jason Reinsch, Branson’s Assistant Director for Parks and Recreation, says it’s what the community really wants.
“As we’ve done our recent citizen surveys, we’ve continued to see that as kind of a trending topic is that people would love to see more trails and walking paths within the city,” said Reinsch, “We’ve got some great ones already..and I think people really are taking advantage of those and seeing the value in those. I would like to continue to see us continue to do more and we’re excited about that opportunity.”
According to the Department’s “Community Plan 2030,”..five to six hundred people in the community were asked if it was important that the city expand trails — and close to 70 percent agreed.