|Updated Johnson County Trail Guide now available|
"The Trail Guide is popular because trails provide a variety of recreation opportunities," said Planning and Development Manager Cliff Middleton. "Bicyclers, walkers, and runners of all ages use the trails. Many of Johnson County’s neighborhoods have a trail nearby. Trails often link parks, schools, and other recreational facilities. They serve as walking and bicycling connections for those that want to get out of their cars and get some exercise. Several of the trails have natural settings that provide opportunities to see birds, wildflowers, and wildlife.”
The 2012 Trail Guide includes 301.7 miles of trail within the county, an increase of just short of 40 miles from the 261.9 miles included on the previous edition. The guide does not include unfunded future trails, but does include four projects representing about 3.5 miles of projects under construction and funded trail projects scheduled to start in 2012.
Led by Middleton, JCPRD creates and publishes the trail guide.
"JCPRD collects trail data from the cities in Johnson County and we maintain a county-wide GIS database," he explained. "Eleven cities plus JCPRD have trails included in the GIS trails data, including Overland Park, Olathe, Shawnee, Lenexa, Leawood, Prairie Village, Mission, Merriam, De Soto, and Gardner. This is the 12th edition of the Trail Guide. We published the first edition in 1991 and have published an updated edition about every one and one-half to two years since."
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.
Other locations where guides are available include: Merriam Park & Recreation, 5701 Merriam Dr.; Lenexa Park & Recreation, 13420 Oak; Overland Park City Hall, 8500 Santa Fe; Leawood City Hall, 4800 Town Center; Shawnee Park & Recreation, 13817 Johnson Dr.; Olathe City Hall, 126 S. Cherry; Sylvester Powell Community Center, 6200 Martway, Mission; Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty, Overland Park; Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee; New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner; Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood; Prairie Village Park & Recreation, 7700 Mission Road; and Gardner City Hall, 120 E. Main.
Mailed copies of the guide can also be requested online at jcprd.com.
For more information, call (913) 831-3359.