Maybe we’ve seen the end of the Central Kansas Conservancy in Marion County. The reception CKC representatives received at Monday’s county commission meeting would seem to suggest that rails-to-trails is derailed here.
Even though the concept of developing a biking and walking trail along the abandoned railroad right-of-way from Marion to McPherson has a certain appeal, it seemed an unrealistic goal that was managed and promoted by the CKC in a manner that only antagonized adjoining landowners.
We don’t know why county leaders allowed those volatile waters to be stirred again after the issue erupted so divisively some eight years ago. It was, and is, an idea whose time has gone. —DR