"It is something we would like to see happen," he said.
The city's engineering department already has sketches for a trail along the Elk from the river's mouth to the civic center.
In Charleston, trail planners would need to be creative in the trail's construction. Parts of the trail may need to use city streets to get around infrastructure along the river, such as a water treatment facility and the Slack Street recycling center.
Part of the proposed trail would also include areas around Coonskin Park, and land trust members wanted to ensure the proposed Coonskin Park bridge over the Elk River would not create an impediment to the route.
The West Virginia Land Trust has five years to spend the aforementioned funds. Ellis said one and a half years has already gone by, and the land trust is trying not to spend the money in a haphazard way.
"We want to be thoughtful about it," she said.
Mary Stanley, another Charleston Land Trust board member, said there could be additional funding for access to the Elk River because of the river's recent designation as a water trail from around Sutton to Charleston.
Ellis will be at future Charleston Land Trust meetings to continue to discuss options along the Elk River.
"The dream of connecting Charleston to Clendenin ... is really a great dream and vision," she said.
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