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Walk the Lawrence Loop: 4 of 6
Oct 12 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
October is National Walking Month. The City of Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department, along with Lawrence Memorial Hospital and LiveWell Lawrence encourage participation in living a healthy, active lifestyle and this October are offering a program to celebrate National Walking Month with Walk the Loop.
Walk the Loop consists of six separate walks on segments of the Lawrence Loop on several Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of October. Participants who register and walk all six sections of the loop during Walk the Loop will receive a small reward. A shuttle bus will be available at the end of each night’s walk (approximately 3K in length) to return walkers to the starting point. Walks will take place in light rain, however in the event of inclement weather, walks will be cancelled. If a walk is cancelled it will not be made up and the walk segment schedule will continue to be followed.
Walk-up registrations are welcome, but you can also preregister at http://lprd.org/activity?n=327289 Registered walkers will receive a passport to record their walks.
Parking: Sunflower Elementary School, 2521 Inverness Drive
Route: Sunflower School to Regal Southwind Stadium 12
Length: Approx. 2.9 miles
Theme: History/Watkins Museum
Rest Station Host: Cottonwood
Near the beginning of this section of the Loop is the Pat Dawson-Billings Nature Area. In 2000, John McGrew donated land for this nature park, asking it be named for Pat Dawson-Billings, a beloved local teacher, outdoors enthusiast and wife of developer Bob Billings. Farther south, the area where the trail crosses East 1200 Road used to be Brown’s Grove, a popular picnic spot in the early 20th century. Past the crossing at East 1200 Road, the Loop follows Yankee Tank Creek for a considerable distance.