New Trail Offers Scenic Walk Along Kansas River

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This spring, explore a beautiful new trail along the Kansas River. The 1.3 mile Island View Loop is Wyandotte County’s first ever recreational river trail. It officially opened last September with a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of an enthusiastic crowd and Mayor Mark Holland, Commissioner Brian McKiernan and Kaw Valley Drainage District Board Chair Bundy Jenkins. Around 50 people attended the opening ceremony and were the first to use the new trail.

“We have made a difference in Healthy Communities Wyandotte in changing the paradigm of how we think about the built environment. We already have dozens of miles of trails already built in our city waiting for people to make a healthy choice to hike and bike on them,” said Mayor Mark Holland

“This trail is a beautiful location for residents to exercise away from the dangers and discomfort of the road,” said Wesley McKain, program coordinator for Healthy Communities Wyandotte. “But it’s true promise lies in it’s possibilities. Right now, it’s a short but lovely stretch along the river, but we intend to create a longer, smoother, easier-to-access river trail in the future.”

The Armourdale Hike & Bike Route – Island View Loop was named after the famous river island that can be seen from the levee. The route was made possible by the Kaw Valley Drainage District.

You can access the trail from under the Kansas Avenue on the west side of Armourdale. It’s open 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. now until April, when hours are 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

KC Healthy Kids partners with the United Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City Kansas to create better access to safe places to be active outdoors.

“As an active partner and strong supporter of Healthy Communities Wyandotte, we’re thrilled to see this trail come to fruition,” said Lucinda Noches Talbert, vice president of programs for KC Healthy Kids, who attended the opening ceremony and was among the first people to enjoy the trail. “Because of the support we get from donors, we are able to partner with many agencies around projects that make Greater Kansas City a healthier place to live.”

Watch the opening ceremony.

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Mayor Mark Holland, Commissioner Brian McKiernan and Kaw Valley Drainage District Board Chair Bundy Jenkins ceremoniously open the trail.

 

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The trail’s surface is sufficient for walking and running, but may be a challenge for road bikes.

 

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