In January 2018, the City of Parkville named the trail system at the Parkville Nature Sanctuary “The Jim Reed Trail System” in honor of former director Jim Reed who helped establish the original trails. The Parkville Nature Sanctuary honored Reed at a meeting on March 27th with a framed picture of the resolution issued by the City alongside the new map of the trail system.
The main function of the Parkville Nature Sanctuary is to provide safe, well-maintained hiking trails for visitors to enjoy and to protect the flora and fauna. During Jim’s tenure, the initial trails were established and later expanded with the acquisition of the White Alloe Creek conservation area by lease agreement with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Jim’s leadership provided the blueprint to utilize volunteers and to establish the trails as year-round hiking paths. The model of using a core group of adult volunteers, securing help from local youth groups and providing opportunities for Eagle Scouts to complete special projects are still followed by the current director Joe Ryan.
The Friends of Parkville Nature Sanctuary, a non-profit organization created to supplement existing government support for the sanctuary, looks for opportunities to recognize and honor significant contributions to the nature sanctuary. To show their appreciation to Jim, who charted the course of the Parkville Nature Sanctuary, they felt that naming the most important feature of the sanctuary “The Jim Reed Trail System” acknowledged his contributions to the sanctuary.
Mayor Johnston said “The City was proud to honor the first director of the Parkville Nature Sanctuary for all his hard work by naming the trail system after him. The sanctuary is a great place for visitors to enjoy nature year-round and Jim played a large role in helping the nature sanctuary become what it is today.”
For more information about the Parkville Nature Sanctuary, contact Director Joe Ryan at (816) 741-7676.