The public is invited to celebrate the completion of the Murdock Trail reconstruction project Sunday, November 18. The celebration will begin at 3 p.m. with a ceremony on the trail where it crosses Touzalin Street near Colfax Avenue. After a brief program, those attending may walk or ride for about one-half mile to Ballard Park at North 66th Street for hot cocoa and cookies. The event is presented by the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department, Great Plains Trails Network (GPTN) and the Lincoln Track Club (LTC).
The Murdock Trail was one of the last limestone trail segments still existing in Lincoln neighborhoods. Limestone is favored by many runners for its shock-absorbing quality, but City staff are not able to clear snow from those trails. To provide an all-weather surface and a softer running surface, the segment of trail from Touzalin to N. 70th Street has been replaced with a 9-foot concrete trail and an adjacent 5-foot limestone trail, for a total of 14 feet. .
Majority funding for this project was provided through gifts from the GPTN and LTC, with matching funds through a gift from the estate of the late Jayne Snyder. Snyder was a former City Council member, avid runner, and active community member who hoped to see the trail improved.
For more information on the project or trails in general, contact Sara Hartzell at 402-441-8261 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on Lincoln trails is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov and a gptn.org.