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Success Stories

Over 200 trail miles of the total 1,144 mile system have been constructed in the last 15 years, and approximately 10,000 acres of stream corridors and natural areas have been protected.

Progress within the MetroGreen system is a collaborative effort by all members of the Alliance. However, local governments are mainly responsible for land acquisition and protection and the design, construction and maintenance of trails within the greenway corridors. Many MetroGreen partner entities have completed projects that have been highly successful and have the potential to be duplicated throughout the metro area.

These success stories highlight some of the projects and initiatives that have had a significant impact on the development of MetroGreen.

If your agency has a successful similar project or initiative that you think is of regional significance, please contact Tom Jacobs at 816/474-4240 or

Clay County's Trails and Grasslands Revitalization Project

Today, less than 1 percent of Missouri's pre-settlement tallgrass prairie remains. Clay County leases 674 acres of federal land around Smithville Lake and is in the process of revitalizing some of this lost prairie. This has the potential to be one of the largest restored prairies within a major metropolitan area. It will be an integral part of the trail system around Smithville Lake. The restored prairie will provide habitat for wildlife and significantly improve the water quality of Smithville Lake.

Project Goals:

  • Maintain and encourage the genetic reservoir of flora and fauna
  • Allow for educational research opportunities of the ecosystems.
  • Increase recreational opportunities
  • Develop partnerships — government, non-profits, schools, businesses, citizens.

The Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative are helping fund the purchase of seed and herbicide.

Revitalizing tallgrass prairie is a multistep process which includes burning fields, spraying noxious weeds, removing noxious weeds, and planting.

Restoration activites as of July 2009
Acres burned 669.5
Acres sprayed 530 (10,600 gallons)
Undesirable trees removed 429
acres planted to native warm season grasses and forb mixes 265
acres edge feathered .63+
acres planted - wildlife food plots 3.5

For more information, contact the Clay County Parks, Recreation, and Historic Sites.

Platte County's Missouri Riverfront Trail

The Platte County Parks and Recreation Department was instrumental in the development of a 3.5-mile segment of the Missouri Riverfront Trail. Extensive surveying was done by the county to document the communities support for parks and trails. An ETC survey showed that 73 percent of households had visited at least one county park, trail or recreational facility in the past year.

With strong citizen support, a majority of the one million dollar project was funded by a county approved half-cent sales tax.

A multi-jurisdictional success

A partnership between Platte County, the city of Parkville, and the city of Riverside led to the creation of this 3.5-mile, award-winning success. Clear goals were laid out and responsibility and risks were shared between city and county officials.

A formal agreement was reached with the local levee board to allow the trail to run atop the levee. Negotiations had to be reached on construction materials and maintenance.

This trail received a National Association of Counties (NACo) award in 2009 as an innovative county program.

For more information, including the complete Park System Master Plan report, visit