|Big Bull Creek Nature Walks Set For March 26|
Members of the public will have a rare chance to take a look at an undeveloped future park site when the Johnson County Park and Recreation District conducts Big Bull Creek Nature Walks on Saturday, March 26.
This is a one-time opportunity to visit a small portion of the 1,350-acre future park site, which is normally closed to the public and will remain so until the property is developed and officially dedicated. Development of the park is expected to begin later this decade. The March nature walks are being offered as part of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's 50th anniversary celebration during 2005.
In November of 1998, Johnson County voters overwhelmingly approved bond funding for acquisition of the Big Bull Creek property for a future park site. The land is in the southwestern corner of the county and is adjacent to Hillsdale Reservoir in Miami County.
The March 26 walks will be offered every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the guided 45-minute moderately-difficult walks, participants will travel about one and one-half miles over mowed but unpaved trails that will include a variety of terrain and scenery including prairie, forest, and streamway. A rookery of great blue herons is among highlights of the walk.
To reach the park site, take Interstate 35 south to Exit 202, which is the Sunflower Road Exit. Proceed north to 207th Street and then go east one mile to Spoon Creek Road. From there, proceed north one-quarter mile, where visitors will find temporary signage and parking. This event is free and advance registration is not required. For more information, contact Construction Supervisor Dennis Henricks at (913) 909-3053.