FLATS Hike! – Presented by NEMO Heart Health Kirksville Walking Club

Join the NEMO Heart Health Kirksville Walking Club for a guided hike provided by FLATS! We’ll be exploring Phase 1 of the project!

The hike will start at 10am at the parking lot by the dining lodge. If you would like to carpool to Thousand Hills, you can also meet at the Health and Fitness Center (2814 South Baltimore Street) at 9:30am!

EVERYONE is welcome! The Kirksville Walking Club is all about community involvement so invite anyone who wants to come out and get physically active while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Caity Biberdorf at cmb5713@truman.edu or Katie Shields at krs1182@truman.edu.

FLATS Hike Flyer April 2015

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Registration Open for the 2014 Hilliest FLATS Ride Ever

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Bring your friends, family, co-workers, and join fellow FLATS and biking enthusiasts on July 5th.  The ride departs at 7:30 am to go on one of three routes:  Red (Beginner/7 miles), White (Intermediate/26 miles), and Blue (Advanced/60 miles).  SAG (Support and Gear) stations are located on all 3 routes.  All participants must wear helmets for the duration of the ride!

Registration costs $10 and includes a ticket to the Pancake Breakfast.  Note:  Riders must be at the Pancake Breakfast by 11 am in order to eat the pancakes.

To register (and for route maps), click here.

To pay, please bring cash or check to Debi Boughton (Chamber of Commerce), to Dan Martin or Lynda Crossgrove (Thompson Campus Center) at A.T. Still University, or prior to the start of the ride on July 5th. Checks should be made payable to the Kirksville Rotary Charitable Fund.

If you have any questions or if you would like to assist, feel free to contact Event Coordinators Margaret Hoogland (crosscoutry02@gmail.com) or Alec Zier (aleczier@gmail.com).

Let’s hear it for the sponsors without whom this event would not be possible:

The YMCA, Road ID, Kirksville Dental Group, Hy-Vee, Rooks Law Firm, and Complete Family Medicine!

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Last Opportunity to Add Your Name to Trail Head Plaque

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Sunset along the Phase One Route

To celebrate the FLATS Phase One Groundbreaking the Forest Lake Area Trail System has set Thursday, October 3 as the deadline for donors’ names to be added to a plaque that will be placed at the trail head in Thousand Hills State Park.

FLATS has set a goal of raising an additional $12,500 by this date. These funds will support the design and construction of the next two phases of the project.

This permanent plaque will thank residents, businesses, and others who saw the promise of this project for Kirksville and Adair County and helped to make this project a reality before the first shovelful of dirt was turned.

Individuals, businesses with fewer than five employees, and non-profit organizations that have donated $500 or more by Thursday, October 3, and larger businesses that have donated $1000 or more, will all be recognized on this plaque.

Including grants, cash donations, and in-kind donations, FLATS has raised over $275,000.

For more information please email flatskv@gmail.com or contact one of the members of the FLATS Steering Committee listed on the website.

100% of all donations to FLATS support the construction, promotion, planning, and maintenance of trails in AdairCounty. The Kirksville Rotary Charitable Fund is the 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor of the Forest Lake Area Trail System. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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DNR Crews Begin Building Phase One

Department of Natural Resources construction crews arrived at Thousand Hills to begin preparing the site Monday, September 9, and have already marked the trail route, installed 7000 feet of silt fence as part of our Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan, and have prepared the site for a beautiful 80’ pedestrian bridge.

Soon they’ll be pouring the center pier and abutments for a beautiful 80′ bridge on the shore north of the Thousand Hills Dining Lodge.

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Clearing for the Phase One Bridge Construction

The DNR did incredible prep and design work for this project and now we get to see the results!

Check back here for construction updates and make sure to come to the Petroglyph site Thursday, October at 4:00 pm for the FLATS Phase One Groundbreaking Celebration and see what we’ve all accomplished with your own two eyes!

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DNR Crews with Skidsteer and Silt Fence Installer.

This approximately .59 mile section of trail, the first section of a proposed 4-mile trail linking Thousand Hills State Park with the City of Kirksville, will connect the Thousand Hills Dining Lodge and historic petroglyph site with an 8′ wide ADA-accessible concrete trail.

Funding is provided by a $100,000 grant from the Recreational Trails Program, in-kind donations from volunteers and the Department of Natural Resources, and generous donations from the project’s many supporters.

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Phase One Groundbreaking Celebration Thursday, October 3rd!

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Construction Equipment at Thousand Hills

The day has come to celebrate the start of construction on Phase One of the Forest Lake Area Trail System! Mark your calendars for the official FLATS Phase One Groundbreaking Celebration on Thursday, October 3rd at 4:00 p.m.

The Groundbreaking Celebration will be at the Petroglyph Site and feature special guests, presentation of the final designs for Phase One, an update on the construction schedule, music from the Kirksville High School Band, and a chance to begin digging on the trail route.

If you’d like to join in, please bring a shovel!

Please take a moment to RSVP for the Groundbreaking Celebration at the Facebook Event page so we can be prepared for all our guests. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, October 3!

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Aerial View of Phase One Site
Photo Credit: Kelly Rogers

And thanks again for sharing the FLATS vision.

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North Star Rotary Hosts FLATS Fundraiser at Ruby Tuesday

Please join the Rotary Club of Kirksville–North Star and the Forest Lake Area Trail System Friday, September 20th for a fundraiser at Ruby Tuesday!

Ruby Tuesday will only make a donation (20% of the total purchase) to FLATS if you bring a flyer indicating that you’re there to support FLATS. So, don’t forget to print the flyer and bring it to Ruby Tuesday Friday!

Flyers are available at the Facebook event page for this fundraiser or through this link.

We hope to see you at Ruby Tuesday between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. on Friday to support FLATS!

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FLATS Volunteers at The DuKum’s NEMO Fair Tent

Craig Shorten, owner of the DuKum Inn, presented a $1,400 check to FLATS after members of the FLATS Steering Committee and several volunteers recently worked as guest bartenders at the DuKum’s NEMO Fair Tent. FLATS is strong because of the support of the DuKum and many others in Kirksville and the surrounding community.


Pictured above:FLATS members accept the recent donation and, pictured from left to right, are Stephanie Bissey, representing Jeff Lindquist of Midwest Machinery; Jonathan Lovegreen, Rotary; Jay Findling, TAP Pool League; Craig Shorten; Rob Champagne, representing Troy Smith of Smitty’s Westport Liquor and the Local Fire Fighters; Royce Kallerud, Debi Boughton, Rachel Ruhlen and Elsie Gaber from FLATS, and Bernie Schneiderheinze, NEMO Fair Board.

Other FLATS members and supporters, who assisted but are not pictured, are Paul Parker, Dan Martin, Rick Steele, Debi Boughton, Matilda Small, Ben Small, Kyle Sweeney, Katy Modlin, Matt Nemergut and Cathy Woods.

FLATS’ VIP Bartenders will be back at the DuKum’s NEMO Fair Tent in 2014 and 2015.

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100 Missouri Miles Kick-Off Event: Kirksville

Join Governor Jay Nixon at Thousand Hills State Park at 5:00 p.m. this Thursday, July 18th for the Kirksville Kick-off of the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles Challenge!

The Governor and First Lady started the Challenge after Missouri was named America’s Best Trails State by American Trails. The Challenge encourages Missouri families to enjoy the outdoors and especially the great trails all around Missouri.

After the Governor speaks he’ll lead a hike on the Red Bud Trail in Thousand Hills State Park for anyone who wants to join the challenge or just enjoy our beautiful park.

Please come and show the Show-Me State how much our healthy and active community supports projects like the Forest Lake Area Trail System!

p.s. If you plan to attend, please click “Join” on the event’s Facebook page. This’ll help the Governor’s office prepare for the event.

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FLATS Dinner Fundraiser at Colton’s

Join FLATS on Tuesday, June 18th for a fundraiser hosted by Colton’s Steak House and Grill. Colton’s has agreed to donate 10% of what all diners (bar included) spend to support FLATS.We look forward to seeing you there and talking with everyone about this exciting project.

All orders made between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. will support FLATS!

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Hy-Vee Presents $1,000 Check to Support FLATS

On Wednesday, February 13 employees of Hy-Vee gathered with members of the FLATS Steering Committee to celebrate their $1,000 corporate donation to help fund the construction of FLATS.

Many thanks to Hy-Vee for becoming joining our other Trail Champions and for helping to support healthy lifestyles in our community.

For more information, read the story in Wednesday’s edition of the Kirksville Daily Express.

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Photo Credit: Jason Hunsicker/Kirksville Daily Express

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