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12+ Miles of Specialized Trails Open at Kill Creek Park
POSTED: 05/01/2003
 
More than 12 miles of unpaved specialized-use trails first planned and approved a little more than a year ago are mostly complete and are coming into use at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.

Working with District planning staff, local users groups have developed 4.47 miles of unpaved hiking trail, 3.12 miles of all-terrain bike trail, and 4.88 miles of equestrian trail, much of which is now open. These trails are in addition to the approximately 3.66 miles of paved trails which were in place when Kill Creek Park opened in November 2001.

The new trails are located in the western and northern portions of the park and many are accessible from the paved trails.

Park Manager Monte Fiegel said so far, the trails have been segregated by use and signs he's posted have listed what uses the trails are open to rather than which they are closed to. If there are problems with crossover use, there may be a need to post signs on the equestrian trails prohibiting bicycle use or vice-versa.

District staff have also developed a five-point code of trail ethics, which emphasizes cooperative use and which will be posted at four locations within the Kill Creek Park and at one point on the Kill Creek Streamway Trail.

Groups which assisted with developing the new trails include the Earth Riders Mountain Bike Club, hikers with the Kansas City Outdoor Society, and a number of individual equestrian users. Much of the trail blazing work was done by these groups last fall and earlier this year.

Input from the sport enthusiasts proved invaluable. For example - it was learned from the equestrians that horse enthusiasts do not want to load and unload their animals on asphalt pavement. As a result, equestrian walk-through points have recently been added at both the 115th Street and 127th Street trail access points.

Kill Creek Park's entrance is located near 116th and Homestead Lane. To get to the park, get off of Kansas Highway 10 at the Kill Creek exit and proceed south to 115th Street. Turn right and go to Homestead Lane. Take a left onto Homestead and the park entrance is on the right near the crest of the first hill.

For more information, contact JCPRD Landscape Architect Jim Wilson at (913)438-7275

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