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June 3 National Trails Day Observation Set in De Soto
POSTED: 05/05/2006
Free T-shirts will be given to the first 100 people who complete a 1.25-mile walk being planned in De Soto to celebrate National Trails Day on June 3.

The event is being planned by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District in conjunction with the City of De Soto and will take place on the Kill Creek Streamway Park.

The walk is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. from the trail access point at 33460 W. 95th, De Soto, located off of Kansas 10 Highway between the Kill Creek and Lexington exits. The walk will conclude near the intersection of Lexington and Commerce streets in De Soto, where there will be a short ceremony beginning at 9 a.m. in which a recently-completed half-mile section of connecting trail will be dedicated.

The first portion of the Kill Creek Streamway Park opened for public use in late 2002 and remains the first Streamway Park to include an off-leash dog area, which is located at the 95th Street access point.

Now in its 14th year, National Trails Day has grown to inspire nearly a million trail enthusiasts to celebrate trails by participating in various events, which now take place in all 50 states. In 2005, there were 1,132 events registered with the American Hiking Society. National Trails Day always falls on the first Saturday in June, however, event can also take place at other times.

For more information on the local June 3 event, contact JCPRD Planning and Development Manager Bill Maasen at (913) 894-3342.

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