Trails Plan

The City of Liberty is developing a city-wide Trails Plan that will provide the framework for an interconnected, multi-use trail system.
This an update to the 2003 Parks and Open Space Master Plan.

Why We Need a Trails Plan
The updated Trails Plan will create a vision for a future trail system that will provide easily accessible opportunities for outdoor recreation and bike/pedestrian transportation by connecting neighborhoods, parks, schools, and other public places.

Trails enhance community health and quality of life by providing easy access to everyday outdoor recreation and interaction with nature. While Liberty currently has more than 10 miles of paved trails, most exist as isolated segments in parks. An interconnected trail system will allow our residents to easily access trails for recreation or bike/pedestrian transportation.

Different Types of Trails & Routes Being Considered

The Trails Plan includes a variety of trail types and surfaces based on trail location and usage. In general, trails within and among neighborhoods will be paved for multiple uses, whereas trails in greenways along forested streams will most often be chat/crushed limestone. Primitive trails will have a natural surface most suitable for hiking.
Trail Surface Types
Paved trails provide a wide variety of recreational uses and accessibility to people of all abilities. Typical surface materials used are either asphalt paving or concrete. These trails fall within the multi-use trail category since they can be used easily for walking, jogging, bicycling, and other pedestrian transportation modes.
Chat, granulated limestone, can form a compressed surface that is especially suitable for multi-use trails in more natural or rural settings.
Sidewalk Connectors are often concrete or asphalt and provide separated paths for pedestrians along major streets and other major traffic corridors by providing a sidewalk on at least one side of the street. These trails are often used as a link to connect other trail types in urban areas where more typical trail types are not possible.
Primitive Trails are the lowest impact type of trail. They include paths through environmentally important places and may be developed either in public areas or on private lands through the granting of easements. Surfaces are cleared, soft surfaced trails or paths made of granulated stone, compacted native soil, wood chips, and other natural materials. In environmentally sensitive areas, this may include primitive hiking or nature trails which are generally used by people out for a day hike.
The proposed trail routes represent opportunities to develop future trails as funding allows. While many trail routes occur on existing public land and right-of-ways, others currently occur on privately owned land. Trail development will only occur as these corridors are legally acquired from willing landowners.

We Want Your Input!
The Trails Plan is being developed through a collaborative process in which proposed trails will be adapted and adjusted based on citizen input. Come learn more at 1 of 2 open houses, check out our traveling exhibit and then provide your input through our trails planning survey.
Open Houses
  • June 24, Clay County Public Health Department, 4 - 6 p.m.
  • July 9, Liberty City Hall, 101 E. Kansas, 5 - 7 p.m.
Traveling Exhibits
  • June 26-July 2, Liberty Community Center,
  • July 3-12, Liberty City Hall, 101 E. Kansas,
  • August 2-15, Liberty Public Library
  • August 16-30, Woodneath Public Library
Did you know...
In a citizen survey, Liberty residents rated walking and biking trails as the most important parks and recreation facility to their household, as well as the most important new facility to develop and maintain.

According to a study by the National Association of Homebuilders, trails are the number 1 amenity cited by potential homeowners when considering a new community.