Quincy Park District: Bill Klingner Trail
The Quincy Greenways & Trails plan was created as part of an on-going effort to preserve green space and promote biking and walking trails within the City of Quincy jurisdictional limits. The City of Quincy and the Quincy Park District have worked together since 1994 to obtain fee simple title and conservation easements along Cedar Creek, primarily in the existing floodplain. Similarly, Klingner & Associates, Bill Klingner, created a conceptual plan back in 1960’s of a recreational walking/biking trail that would stretch from 54th Street to the Mississippi River. Quincy Park District worked with Bill and the Park Board to help this concept to move to a reality.
After many years of the trail always living within the long-range planning for the Park District, Phase I was constructed in 2008, running approximately 1.9miles in length and was funded partially through the ITEP program. It included intergovernmental and private agency cooperation and local private sector participants. Conservation easements and fee simple land donations were acquired from land owners along the creek corridor to provide for trail access, preserve floodplain areas, preserve wetland areas, and protect woodland areas and all permitting efforts were required by the US Army Corps of Engineers, IDNR, and IEPA.
Phase II of Klingner’s trail design was placed between 12th and 18th Streets. This portion of the recreational trail incorporates a pedestrian/bicycle connection to 12th Street, with a solar-powered flashing beacon crosswalk to alert vehicle traffic of the crosswalk.
Phase III of the Klingner trail, which was just completed Summer 2017, extends the trail from 12th and 5th Streets. This stretch includes one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the area, crosses through the historic Illinois Veterans Home and Calvary Cemetery, as well as offers unique views from the bluffs of the Mississippi.
Phase IV of the trail is currently bidding in March 2018 for tree clearing services to complete the next phase of the trail, which connects 18th through 24th Streets.
Connected to this trail master plan, Klingner & Associates provided a park master planning for a new park with a large shelter that included a restroom and trail connections to the Bill Klingner recreational trail. This park, “Bob Mays Park”, was completed in 2008. Klingner professional services included surveying, site design, architectural, structural and electrical. The park boasts LED lighting throughout the shelter and parking lots, making it one of the first parks in the midwest to utilize LED lighting.
Master Planning elements of this park include future ice skating/in-line skate facility, a lake with accessible fishing, skate board park, tennis courts, open play fields, small and large shelters, playground, cluster picnic areas, interpretive wetland areas, walk/jog interpretive outdoor educational trails, bike trails, maintenance building, pedestrian connection to residential subdivision, native tall grass prairie area, parking, LED lighting and restrooms.