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Oct 29

We have trails and great scenery for after-celebration outings!

Posted on October 29, 2020 at 12:19 PM by Becky Burnside

If you overdo it again over Thanksgiving and want to walk, run, or bike off some of the “festivities,” remember that JCPRD has great places for you to exercise or just get outside.  

According to research from the Calorie Control Council, the average American may consume more than 4,500 calories and a whopping 229 grams of fat during a typical holiday gathering from snacking and eating a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the trimmings.

Fortunately, JCPRD has 17 developed parks encompassing more than 10,000 acres, not to mention more than 87 miles of trails, including both paved multi-purpose trails and footpaths.

District parks great for walking and biking include the Mill Creek Streamway Park, Heritage Park, Antioch Park, Meadowbrook Park, Lexington Lake Park, and of course Shawnee Mission Park. We also offer four off-leash dog areas for you and your canine companion to enjoy.

Don’t forget that within in the last six months, JCPRD has expanded the southern portion of the Kill Creek Streamway Park Trail by nearly two miles, adding a portion between 135th and 143rd streets. It’s not a walking trail, but if it’s exercise you’re after, walking up the stairs to the top deck (44 feet 7 inches) of the newly-dedicated Russell and Helen Means Observation Tower in Kill Creek Park could do the trick, and gives you 270 degree views from the top as well (there’s also an elevator to the top if you’d prefer).  

KCP Observation Tower 1

Arthur and Betty Verhaeghe Park also opened recently in Overland Park. It features an 11-acre developed area with a farm-themed playground and picnic shelter, and serves as an access point for the Coffee Creek Streamway Park, which opened in October 2017 and currently stretches 3.4 miles with a western terminus near shelters #9 and #10 in Heritage Park. Speaking of Heritage Park, the Fitness Park near shelter #1 features gym-quality fitness equipment in an outdoor setting for use free of charge anytime the park is open. The Fitness Park is made up of weather-resistant equipment meant to work a variety of muscle groups.  More outdoor fitness equipment can be found at Meadowbrook Park.