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Topeka and Clinton Lake are September destinations for 50 Plus Fall Strolling program
POSTED: 08/21/2013
Make new friends while exploring nature during a series of three fall walks being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The program is called Fall Strolling and will kick off with two walks during September. These will include a trip to Topeka on Sept. 11 and another to Clinton Lake on Sept 25. The third and final walk in this series will take participants to Excelsior Springs, Mo., for a fall stroll called Isley Park Woods on Nov. 6. Each outing will take place on a Wednesday and will depart at 9 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam.

To find these programs program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords "Wednesday walks.”

The Topeka trip on Sept. 11 is called Cedar Crest after the Kansas Governor's mansion, where this group will walk the grounds. Walk organizers said the site has natural beauty and a wonderful secret in the form of a rope bridge accessible via a hidden trail. This hike is expected to require a moderate level of exertion.

George Latham Trail is the name for the Clinton Lake trip on Sept. 25. This natural trail with stream crossings and a historic rock wall offers panoramic views of the lake and steep, rocky ravines. This hike is also expected to require a moderate level of exertion.

The cost for each five-hour outing, including van transportation to the walk site, is $18 per person for Johnson County residents or $20 for nonresidents. Participants should bring a sack lunch for a picnic after the walk.

While the JCPRD's 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the District's Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

The JCPRD's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the District's website at

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