|Overland Park Arboretum and Fleming Park are June destinations for 50 Plus Summer Strolling program|
Make new friends while exploring nature during a series of four summer walks being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.
The program is called Summer Strolling and will kick off with two walks during June. These will include a trip to the Overland Park Arboretum on June 4 and another to Fleming Park in Lee's Summit on June 18. The other two walks in this series will take place in July and will take participants to Missouri's Berry Best Berry Patch near 225th and State Line to pick blueberries on July 16 and to a hiker's choice destination to be determined by participants on July 30.
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 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.
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 Overland Park Arboretum walk on June 4 will give participants a chance to hike on the park's Bluff Loop Trail. The trail is one mile long and is mulched throughout and several other trail options are available if one mile is not enough for more adventurous walkers. This hike is expected to require a moderate level of exertion.
The Fleming Park walk on June 18 is called the Rock Ledges Nature Trail. This outing will involve a one and one-half mile trek near Lake Jacomo where participants can see beautiful rock ledges and views of the lake. This hike is expected to require a moderate 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 www.jcprd.com.