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Iliff Commons and Kill Creek Park are March destinations for 50 Plus Spring Strolling program
POSTED: 02/19/2014
Make new friends while exploring nature during a series of three spring walks being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The program is called Spring Strolling and will kick off with two walks during March. These will include a trip to the location of Kansas' first permanent dwelling on March 12 and another to JCPRD's own Kill Creek Park on March 26. The third and final walk in this series will take participants just east of Topeka, for a fall stroll called Lake Shawnee on April 23. Each outing will take place on a Wednesday and will depart at 9 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam.

The cost for each six-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, and a few dollars in case we decide to stop for ice cream.

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 first walk on March 12 is called Iliff Commons and will let participants walk on a natural trail north and east of Topeka. In addition to areas of heavy woods and wide open paths, walked will get to see a replica of the first log cabin ever built in Kansas, which was first constructed in 1854 and reconstructed in 2004. This hike is expected to require a moderate level of exertion.

The Kill Creek Walk on March 26 will let participants stay closer to home and experience the path between the TimberRidge Adventure Center and Kill Creek Park. This natural trail features changing terrain and lots of wildlife to view. This hike is also expected to require a moderate level of exertion.

The last walk in the Spring Strolling series will take participants to Lake Shawnee east of Topeka on April 23. This hike is also expected to require an easy level of exertion.

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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