Trailblazers: Mayor on the Move

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Mayor Darwin Hindman's legacy is a citywide trail system.

Name: Darwin Hindman

Title: Mayor, Columbia, Mo.

Columbia, Mo., Mayor Darwin Hindman practices what he preaches. A long-time advocate for trails and parkland, he can often be seen biking around the college town he calls home. Not only is he an avid sportsman, his policies reflect his love of the outdoors. He is responsible for acquiring new parkland and increasing the connectivity of trails throughout the city for a pedestrian-based transportation system. Hindman's advocacy has been a catalyst for the creation of a nature and fitness trail and the completion of Katy Trail State Park, the country's longest rails-to-trails project. Among his honors are the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award, the University of Missouri Faculty Alumni Award, Chevron Times Mirror Publications Citizen Conservation Award and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Association Award.

Influences:

"A major influence on my life with parks and recreation would be my family. My father was a professor of physical education at the University of Missouri here in Columbia. He taught me all kinds of games and recreation activities. The family loved to walk and hike and canoe. As early as I can remember, we engaged in outdoor games and outdoor recreation. We were constantly active and involved with games. And it continues on to the next generation. …