Initial discussions regarding the Floyd and Franceline Parris Community Trail began in 2016, when both the Program Committee of the Cass Regional Medical Center Foundation board of directors, and the Cass Regional Medical Center Employee Wellness Team, had the dream of building a paved trail on a portion of land behind the existing medical center campus.
In October 2018, the foundation made a formal request to the Cass Medical Center Improvement Corporation board for a donation of eight acres on which the trail could be developed, and the donation was approved. During the same time frame, the foundation received a generous bequest from the Franceline Parris Trust. In January 2019, the foundation board of directors voted to allot $150,000 of Mrs. Parris’ bequest to the trail, and to name the project the Floyd and Franceline Parris Community Trail.
The estimated project cost is $585,000, which includes the value of the donated land, an extension of Healing Way to provide access to a small parking area at the trailhead, an endowment fund to cover ongoing maintenance, and a contingency fund. Because the trail will be built solely with donations, its completion date is yet to be determined. Construction on the trail is tentatively scheduled to begin in the spring of 2020.
The trail path will be 8 feet wide and have two connecting 1/4-mile loops. A key feature of the trail is that it will be paved and be accessible for disabled patrons who use wheelchairs. There will be minimal new landscaping, with a focus on native, sustainable plants. The trailhead will include a small circular parking area with 10 spaces, two of which will offer access for persons with disabilities. A concrete pad will be located near the parking area to accommodate a portable unisex restroom. Ten benches will be placed along the trail to provide resting points, and at least one gazebo will be constructed to provide shelter.
For more information, or to make a donation in support of the trail’s construction, please contact Becky Welch at (816) 380-3474, extension 4810, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commemorative Brick Plaza
A key fundraising effort for the trail is the sale of commemorative bricks which will be installed near the trailhead. Honor a loved one, celebrate a special event, or simply secure your place in local history with a commemorative brick!
To purchase a brick online, please visit https://www.cassregional.org/forms/trailplaza/.
To purchase by mail, please fill out this form and return it with your payment to Cass Regional Medical Center Foundation, 2800 E. Rock Haven Road, Harrisonville, MO 64701.