Hastings to expand Pioneer Spirit Trail to southern part of town

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hastings City Council has approved the expansion of the Pioneer Spirit Trail. Once funds are collected, they'll be looking to have the trail reach the southern parts of town.

“Trail development improves quality of life,” Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Hassenstab said. “We have school age kids that walk it, it's used for recreation, it's used for marathons, our half Hastings race, out 5k races, so it's used by a variety of people.”

Many people have been asking the Parks and Recreation Department to look into bringing it to that part of town since it's well-used in other parts of town.

“The focus after the half cent sales tax was passed in 2017 was to focus on the south side. there hasn't been any trail development down there,” Hassenstab said.

It will cost about $500,000 per mile of trail to build. So the expansion will be done in several phases over the next few years. The Parks and Rec Department says they hope to get started on the first phase as soon as possible.