SCOTT CITY (AP) — Scott City has been developing plans for a walking and biking trail, thanks in part to donations made to honor a local family of four killed in a plane crash earlier this year.
The Scott City Trail would cost about $363,000 and include a 1.4-mile trail through a city park and nearly four more miles of designated walking and biking areas. The project is funded through the Scott Community Foundation, which has raised about $70,000, The Garden City Telegram reported. The foundation also received a $22,000 from the Kansas Health Foundation, which helped pay for the project design.
SCF Executive Director Ryan Roberts said most of that money came from donations after the deaths of the Spencer family, who were killed in a plane crash northeast of Topeka last April.
"They were an active family and very involved with walking and running," Roberts said. "This was one of the things their family wanted to get done."
Dylan Spencer, 35, of Scott City, was piloting a small plane when it crashed into a cornfield three miles north of Topeka on April 22. His wife, Amy, 34, and their two daughters, 7-year-old Chase and 5-year-old Ansley, also died in the crash. They were on their way to visit Amy Spencer's family in northeastern Kansas for Easter.
The six-seat plane missed its first attempt for landing at Philip Billard Airport and circled around for a second attempt when it crashed. A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board said witnesses saw the landing gear retract and the plane go back into the air before it went into a steep left turn and hit the ground.
The Scott City Commission has approved the first phase of the trail project, which involves improvements to Palmer Park. Scott City has about 3,400 residents and is located in western Kansas, about 35 miles north of Garden City.
"Our community hopes that this brings a safe and well-designed place where people can enjoy exercising, walking and running," Roberts said.