After years of decline, the Vivion Road corridor has begun to see new life with the redevelopment of the Antioch Crossing retail area. One improvement the area hasn’t seen is the increase in walkability. That is about to change with the construction of the Big Shoal Greenway Trail.
The is a 100+ acre linear park that extends from Antioch Road to North Brighton. The trail will be a joint project between the Kansas City Water Department and Parks Department. The Water Department will begin construction of a new water line through the greenway this fall and the parks department will open up bidding next spring for the trail construction.
The trail will be a 2-mile system that will connect the neighborhoods around Vivion Road in both Kansas City and Gladstone to Antioch Crossings and North Brighton. It will also tie into the recent roadway improvements at North Brighton, North Jackson and North Indiana.
This trail project was initiated by former Kansas City Councilman Dick Davis and current Kansas City Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wagner. Wes Minder, Infrastructure Specialist for the City Manager, designed the trail system and serves as the project manager. Minder points out on his personal that Kansas City acquired the greenway in the 1950’s to build the Big Shoal Parkway, extending Englewood Road to the future Searcy Creek Parkway. That roadway project never materialized but eventually the Big Shoal Trail will connect to the Searcy Creek Trail in Claycomo at Eugene Field Road.
Minder also said that system has already received $850,000 in federal funding for segments 1 and 2 (Chouteau to North Jackson) and he will be applying for an additional $500,000 from the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) this spring to build out segment 3.