Living at the lake offers an outdoor lifestyle that a big city can’t compete with. Eagle Days in January. Hot Summer Nights starting in May. Bike Night at the Strip. Fireworks above the lake on Memorial Day as well as the 4th of July. And then there’s the countless fishing tournaments, fairs, and boat shows throughout the year. Never a dull moment! It’s also nice when we get recognized for the efforts put into creating a better community. Our town has become an award-winning Warsaw thanks to the hard work put into the street and trails system.
Award-Winning Warsaw: Streets
The National Complete Streets Coalition chose Warsaw as one of its Best Complete Streets in the US. NCSC looks at what cities around the country do to make streets safer for automobile drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and those of varying physical abilities to maneuver throughout town. Back in 2006, Warsaw put together its master plan to create an extensive trail network easily accessible for all of its citizens and visitors. Through their partnerships with the Army Corps of Engineers, MDOT, and City personnel, they’ve accomplished the goals set out on the master plan.
Award-Winning Warsaw: Trails
In addition to our Best Complete Streets award, Warsaw trails were recognized by the Coalition for Recreational Trails in their Community Linkage category. Specifically, CRT acknowledged the tremendous work put into creating a bicycle and pedestrian-friendly waterfront trail system in the Drake Harbor Recreation Area. Now, anyone can get as close to the lake as they want without any hindrances. Access for boats and other watercraft also make it easier for visitors from all over the lake to stop in for a tour of the town, do a little shopping, and grab a bite to eat at any of our lovely restaurants.
Award-Winning Warsaw: Tiny Town Pride
Finally, Only in Your State honored Warsaw as one of the Top 10 Tiny Towns to Visit in Missouri. In the #8 position, Only in Your State pointed out the Drake Harbor Recreation Area as a “must-see” location. They even gave a shout-out to the Common Ground Cafe.
As you can see, 2018 was a very good year for our award-winning Warsaw. Our commitment to making the lake and its surroundings accessible for all ages and abilities was recognized by two different national organizations. While we may be small, we have huge pride in our community. And it shows!