Yukon seeks grants to add to trail system

Two additional walking and biking trails could soon come to fruition in Yukon after the city applied for more than $1 million in grant money to fund them.

The city council on Tuesday approved applications for two grants valued at $600,000 each from the Association of Central Oklahoma Government.

The first grant would be used for the construction of a Phase I of a mile-long trail on the south side of State Highway 66  between Garth Brooks Boulevard and Frisco Road.

The second grant would help fund construction of a trail from SH 66 to Holly Avenue along Garth Brooks.

The city will used capital improvement funds to match the grants, which would pay for about 80 percent of the work. For Phase I, the city anticipates using $295,735. That portion of the project involves the purchase of rights of way and would be more expensive, said city grant writer Claudia Krshka.

The second phase would cost Yukon about $120,000, she said.

The grants are capped at $600,000.

Krska said the city’s contribution is a minimum of 20 percent of the total cost, but could actually be higher.

The proposed trails are part of the city’s master trail plan that was created in 2012, Krshka said.

The city already has about 6.21 miles of trails completed throughout the city. That number will increase in the near future.

Work is underway now on a trail partnership with Oklahoma City between Lake Overholser and Dickinson Park.

Krshka said surveying work began recently on that 1.75-mile project.

The city expects to hear the outcome of the grant application in late June. The funding would be part of $8.3 million in federal highway money that is being divvied up between the cities in central Oklahoma.

Krshka said the idea behind the master trails plan was to allow residents to get anywhere within the city on a trail or a secondary road.

“It will keep people off the major roads as a venue for walking or biking,” she said.

Yukon is among the state’s healthy city.

 “We want to keep the health of the citizens up,” she said.

Once the master plan is completed, it will be even easier for residents to get around, Krshka said.

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