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      FLATS groundbreaking ceremony set for Thursday

      Work is already underway on the Forest Lake Area Trail System at Thousand Hills State Park and the group behind the effort is celebrating.

      FLATS is celebrating with a groundbreaking ceremony this Thursday, October 3rd at 4 p.m. It will be held near the Petroglyph site at Thousand Hills.

      Work has already started on Phase I of the project. In fact, workers with the Department of Natural Resources have been working on the initial phase since September 9th. So far, they??ve constructed 7,000 feet of silt fence to manage storm water pollution, marking the trail itself with marker posts and clearing the area for the actual construction to begin.

      The first phase of this project was made possible thanks to federal grants and personal donations.

      Phase I will be about .59 miles long linking Thousand Hills Dining Lodge with the Petroglyph site via and 8-foot-wide ADA accessible concrete trail.

      Members Hope to pour that concrete before snowfall this year{>}

      Phase II and III would complete the four mile trail linking the state park with the city of Kirksville.

      FLATS Committee Member, Dan Martin, stopped by the set of Good Morning Heartland Tuesday morning to talk more about the Project.

      WATCH VIDEO above to learn more.

      CLICK HERE to view the FLATS website.