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Gary L. Haller Trail Formally Dedicated
POSTED: 06/10/2002
 
About 90 people turned out on June 1 for a short trail dedication ceremony honoring the former director of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Through the ceremony, the District celebrated National Trails Day by formally renaming the trail located in the Mill Creek Streamway Park as the Gary L. Haller Trail. The ceremony took place in the parking lot near Shawnee Mission Park's Shelter #8. The park in which the trail is located will continue to be known as the Mill Creek Streamway Park.

Unveiled were interpretive signs which will be placed near all eight access point to the Mill Creek Streamway Park, which stretches for 17 miles from 119th and Northgate in Olathe to Nelson Island in the Kansas River. The signs feature a portrait of Haller drawn by local artist Liz Middleton, wife of JCPRD Landscape Architect Cliff Middleton. The interpretive signs also explain the impact Haller has had on the District and the field of parks and recreation.

Over the past year, all entrance and directional signs to the Mill Creek Streamway Park have been modified to include a notation of the Gary L. Haller Trail. A bronze monument plaque will also be placed on the trail, but the exact location will be determined by the Haller family.

In May of 2001, the District Board voted unanimously to rename the Mill Creek Streamway Trail after Haller, who served as District Director from 1974 until his retirement in late June of last year.

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