News Release 209

Award recognizes the role that Katy Trail State Park adds to a community

Volume 39-209 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JUNE 22, 2011 – Katy Trail State Park, often recognized as an outstanding recreational opportunity, is also being recognized for its role in making communities quality places to live. The Partners for Progress of Greater St. Charles has recognized Missouri State Parks' Katy Trail with its 2011 Quality of Place Progress Award.

Partners for Progress, founded in 2001 by the Economic Development Center of St. Charles County, brings together business and civic leaders to influence community progress so that people, businesses and institutions flourish and the St. Charles area becomes nationally known as a livable community.

This year, PfP added a Quality of Place category to its annual awards and named Katy Trail State Park as its first winner. Quality of Place awards recognize individuals, businesses or local entities that contribute to making the community an appealing place to work and play.

"We've always been proud of the recreational opportunities the trail provides. I would like to thank Partners for Progress in recognizing how much the trail adds to the community and its people," said Bill Bryan, Missouri State Parks director, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Katy Trail, the longest developed rail-trail project in the nation, runs approximately 240 miles from Machens in St. Charles County to Clinton and is a member of the national Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. In St. Charles, the trail is located between the Missouri River and the city's historic district, providing easy access for outdoor recreation and a healthy lifestyle. In 2010, the trail celebrated its 20th anniversary and annually welcomes approximately 300,000 users along its entire route.

Katy Trail is part of Missouri's state park system. For more information on the trail, visit