A new trail spanning 117 miles from Osawatomie to Herington — and running through Ottawa — could use some local residents’ input.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism and Kanza Rails to Trails Conservancy are planning a design workshop 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Ottawa City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., to discuss the new Flint Hills Nature Trail. The trail is expected to connect six counties and numerous communities along the way, according to a press release from the state agencies.

The design team of CFS Engineers and RDG Planning and Design is leading the planning and design of the trail, which is intended to encourage outdoor recreation and provide safer routes for pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. Residents are encouraged to attend the workshop to talk one-on-one with design team members.

A significant element of the project is learning and understanding public opinions about development of the trail using a series of community workshops, the agencies said.

Thursday’s workshop is an open session with no formal presentation planned, and interested residents are invited to attend at their convenience.

A second workshop is planned for Friday in Council Grove, with additional gatherings expected in March, though no details have been finalized.