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Gary L. Haller Trail is next destination for 50 Plus Fall Strolling program on Feb. 15
POSTED: 01/19/2017
A walk on the northernmost section of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Gary L. Haller Trail is the first outing for a Spring Wednesday Walks program being presented by JCPRD's 50 Plus Department.

Also called Spring Strolling, this program lets participants make friends while exploring the great outdoors. JCPRD does the driving while you can relax, listen to the wind and experience new destinations! Each outing takes place on a Wednesday and will depart at 9 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. The cost for this six-hour outing, including van transportation to the walk site, is $19 per person for Johnson County residents or $21 for nonresidents. Participants should bring a sack lunch for a picnic after the walk, as well as a few dollars in case the group decides to stop for ice cream.

The Gary L. Haller Trail constists of 17 miles of pedestrian and bicycle trail stretching from the Kansas River south through the cities of Shawnee and Lenexa, and ending in Olathe. Walkers will enjoy views of Mill Creek and the Kansas River. Located in JCPRD's Mill Creek Steamway Park, the linear trail was designated in 2010 as a National Recreation Trail (NRT). A regional tourist attraction and a model trail for other communities in the region, it is the first trail in Johnson County to be honored with the NRT designation. This walk is expected to involve an easy level of exertion.

To find this 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.” For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register for the Gary L. Haller walk at, complete a barcode search for 36925.

Other upcoming Wednesday Walks will include a visit to Wallace State Park on March 1 (barcode 36926), and a visit to the Prairie Spirit Trail on April 5 (barcode 36927).

While 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 50 Plus Department at (913) 826-3030 for space availability.

The JCPRD's Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

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