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980 gifts
Totaling $283,738.96
Pony Up Marysville
Raised for Local Nonprofits
980 gifts
Totaling $283,738.96
Raised for Local Nonprofits
980 gifts
Totaling $283,738.96

Blue River Rail Trail Fund

Specific Need

The board of directors of the Blue River Rail Trail would like to take this opportunity to provide you with our annual update regarding the trail along with encouraging you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to provide your financial support.


     With the help of your generous contributions, we have made great progress since our update last year. We have completed the new section of trail between the old south trailhead and the city limits at the junction of Seventh and North Streets! Most of this trail connection runs along a levee adjacent to the old railyards. A fence has been erected the entire length of the trail where it borders the railard.  The north end of the new section features a wooden bridge and elevated boardwalk constructed by board members and trail volunteers. The south end is highlighted by a new steel bridge constructed and donated by the Landoll Corporation. If you have not had a chance to walk or bike this new section, we would highly encourage you to do so.  


     The City of Marysville has now designated Seventh Street from North to Calhoun (just north of the Historic Union Pacific Depot) as a shared roadway with appropriate signage and road markings for safe bicycle traffic.  We are certainly anxious to see completion of the Seventh Street Corridor from Calhoun to the Pony Express Statue with inclusion of a biking/walking path to connect to the existing trail south of Highway 36. Another amenity added in the last year is the downtown trailhead at 617 Broadway. We’ve painted the interior hallway and added signage, and the city has added a water fountain.          Restrooms and water are now available during daylight hours!  


     Our most urgent financial needs at this time relate to restoration and preservation of the trail as a result of damage done by the historic amount of flooding that has occurred in the last year.  The most critical situation is near our original covered bridge, where river bank erosion threatens to wash out the bridge and the trail.  We have applied with the Kansas Division of Conservation for funding for a definitive project that will provide a long term solution at this location.  Because of the pandemic, funding is not currently available.  We are hopeful for funding in 2021.  A short term solution is necessary and we are requesting donations in support of our emergency plan to reinforce the bank with rock near the bridge.  We also had significant trail damage at several locations due to the flood.  In addition to repairing the surface, we plan on putting in culverts at several locations along the length of the trail to help prevent recurrence of the same problem in the future.  Our fundraising goal for these projects is $20,000.








Come and enjoy a quiet run, a leisurely walk with a friend or family time as you ride down the trail on your bikes and search for wildlife in this natural playground. The crushed limestone on the trail provides a smooth surface for walking, jogging, biking and cross-country skiing. An abundance of wildlife, plant life, and bird species live along the trail promise to make your visit a truly memorable experience.


The Blue River Rail Trail stretches 12.5 miles from Marysville, Kansas to the Nebraska border. At the state line it connects to the Chief Standing Bear Trail and the extensive Great Plains Trails Network. 

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Marysville KS 66508
Phone: 7855627342

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