|Updated Johnson County Trail Guide now available|
The Trail Guide to Hiking and Biking in Johnson County, a four-color map-style guide showing all county and municipal trials in the county, has been updated and reprinted.
Trail guides are available free in quantities up to 20. Larger quantities can be purchased for 50 cents each. The maps are available at the following District locations: Antioch Park Offices 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam; the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe; and at the John Barkley Visitors Center in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee. Guides will also be available at many city offices. For more information, contact your city's park and recreation department.
The updated guide also has information about the new Kansas City Regional Trail Safety Initiative and it's 9-1-1 sign project which provides GPS-based reference points with address codes in undeveloped areas which lack typical grid-based address systems. In the event of a need for emergency services in these areas, park patrons can communicate their location to the 9-1-1 dispatcher by sharing the unique identification on the nearest 9-1-1 marker sign. Pilot projects initiated in 2009 by the City of Lenexa and the Johnson County Park & Recreation District placed trail marker signs in the Black Hoof Park/ Lake Lenexa area and on the Gary L. Haller Trail between Shawnee Mission Parkway and Prairie Star Parkway. The effectiveness of the pilot projects in providing accurate location and dispatch directions for emergency responders is currently being evaluated.