The Merrill community is making some creative use of abandoned railroad tracks -- they're turning it into a trail.
The River Bend Trail is a longterm project that could take up to fifteen years to complete, but planning has already begun.
The first phase will take trail-users from the downtown area to Council Grounds State Park and will follow the Wisconsin River.
"Here we have the great Wisconsin river running through the heart of the community and it's just sorely underused," says Debbe Kinsey, Executive Director of the Merrill Chamber of Commerce.
The second phase will establish a recreational trail along the north bank of the Wisconsin River from business Highway 51/ Center Avenue bridge east toward I-39/51 and Highway 64.
The third phase will develop a trail along the Prairie River and connect Prairie Trails Park with Lion's Park, Stange Park, the T.B. Scott Library and the Historical Society Museum.
Leaders with the project say the trail will incorporate canoe launches, fishing areas, and community spaces. They say it encourages physical activity and wellness among all ages.
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