The Flint Hills Nature Trail officially became part of the states park system June 19 when Gov. Jeff Colyer signed Senate Bill 321, which designated the trail as a state park.
Colyer along with Robin Jennisen, secretary of Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, were on hand for the signing ceremony at The Bottle House, 204 S. Walnut St., Ottawa.
The signing of the bill was in conjunction with Onward Ottawas celebration of the new Downtown River Plaza. The new state park will intersect the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail and the River Plaza at First and Walnut streets.