Prairie Spirit Trail State Park is next destination for 50 Plus Spring Strolling program on April 5

A portion of the Prairie Spirit Trail State Park is the next destination for the Wednesday Walks program being presented by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District on Wednesday, April 5.

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 each 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.

Prairie Spirit Trail State Park is a 50-mile trail built on the former right of way of the Leavenworth, Lawrence, and Galveston Railroad from Ottawa south to Humboldt. The trail runs 50 miles from its northern terminus at Ottawa, Kansas to its southern terminus at Humboldt, Kansas. Built in the 1860's, this was the first north-south rail line in Kansas. This walk, which requires an easy level of exertion, will let participants escape the hustle and bustle of big city life and explore a portion of the Spirit Trail near Garnett, Kan. True to its name, we will refresh our spirits with the great outdoors beckoning.

To find these programs 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 Spirit Trail State Park walk at, complete a barcode search for 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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