The Eldon community and lake-area residents have an opportunity to get involved in transforming the Rock Island Railway in Eldon into a hiking/biking trail.
A community volunteer workday will be held from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, with signup at the Rock Island Park adjacent to Highway 54. Interested citizens are reminded to bring sturdy shoes, gloves and trash bags to help in the effort. This is the first community volunteer involvement.
The National Civilian Community Corps (NCC) team has cleared about 1.7 miles of brush and unwanted trees that the Missouri Department of Conservation felled recently east of the park pavilion.
Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments is assisting the Eldon community with negotiations and construction of the trail. The intent is to turn the overgrown right of way into a community asset and economic development tool.
The Eldon right of way is part of the larger Rock Island rail line that runs 245 miles from Maryland Heights near St. Louis to Pleasant Hill near Kansas City. The Department of Natural Resources is currently constructing a 42-mile trail on the right of way between Windsor and Pleasant Hill that will connect to the cross-state Katy Trail.