Get familiar with the Lawrence Loop trail via community walks this month

photo by: Rochelle Valverde

Part of the Lawrence Loop trail near the intersection of 12th and Oregon streets is pictured on Monday, July 16, 2018.

For those who aren’t familiar with the Lawrence Loop trail system or who would just like some company, the city and other partners will be hosting community walks throughout October.

The Walk the Loop event is a partnership between the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department, LMH Health and Douglas County Emergency Management/CERT, Friends of Lawrence Area Trails (FLAT), and Rockland Apartments, according to a news release from the city. The event aims to encourage participation in living an active, healthy lifestyle.

The loop is about 75 percent complete and will eventually provide a continuous 22-mile concrete path around the city with connector trails linking it to neighborhoods.

The community walks will follow the Lawrence Loop on several Tuesdays and Thursdays during October, with participants walking between two to three miles per night, according to the release. Participants can begin their walks between 5 and 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 2-18, at various locations. The trailhead will be staffed until 6 p.m. and The Rockland Apartments will provide bus transportation from the end point of each night’s walk back to parking. Walk the Loop is a free event open to participants of all ages.

Trailheads for Walk the Loop include:

Tuesday, Oct. 2 – Hobbs Park, 11th and Delaware streets.

Thursday, Oct. 4 – 910 East 29th St.

Tuesday, Oct. 9 – Regal Southwind Theater, 3433 Iowa St.

Thursday, Oct. 11 – Sunflower Elementary School, 2521 Inverness Drive.

Tuesday, Oct. 16 – Family Church of Lawrence, 906 North 1464 Road.

Thursday, Oct. 18 – Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane

More information is available on the city’s website or by contacting Gayle Sigurdson, lifelong recreation programmer, at 785-832-7920.

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