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Wichita City Council

455 N Main St, 1st Floor
Wichita, Ks 67202
(316) 268-4331
(316) 858-7743 (Fax)

Mayor Jeff Longwell
jlongwell@wichita.gov

Lavonta Williams - District I
lkwilliams@wichita.gov

Pete Meitzner - District II
pmeitzner@wichita.gov

James Clendenin - District III
jclendenin@wichita.gov

Jeff Blubaugh - District IV
jblubaugh@wichita.gov

Bryan Frye - District V
bfrye@wichita.gov

Janet Miller - District VI
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Board of Sedgwick County Commissioners

525 N Main, Suite 320
Wichita, Ks 67203
(316) 660-9300
(316) 383-8275 (Fax)

Dave Unruh - 1st District (Chairman)
dunruh@sedgwick.gov

Tim Norton - 2nd District (Chair Pro Tem)
tnorton@sedgwick.gov

Karl Peterjohn - 3rd District
kpeterjo@sedgwick.gov

Richard Ranzau - 4th District
rranzau@sedgwick.gov

James Skelton - 5th District
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City Manager's Office

455 N Main St, 13th Floor
Wichita, Ks 67202
(316) 268-4351
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Robert Layton, City Manager
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City of Wichita Park Board

455 N Main St, 11th Floor
Wichita, Ks 67202
(316) 268-4361
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Ron Allen - District 1 (316) 688-1034

Tom Roth - District 2 (316) 207-5725 (2nd Vice President)
tomroth@cox.net

Hoyt Hillman - District 3 (316) 686-7105
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Steven Hieger - District 4 (316) 686-7105
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Bryan Frye - District 5 (316) 258-3623 (President)
bryan.frye@kake.com

Cincy Claycomb - District 6 (316) 655-9508
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Chris Highfill - (At-Large) (316) 945-2665
chris@cookshvac.com

Troy Houtman - (Ex-Officio) (316) 268-4628 Director, Park & Recreation Dept
thoutman@wichita.gov

2016 Walnut Valley Metric

Mark your calendars and join us on Sunday, Sept 25th for our annual "Walnut Valley Metric." The Walnut Valley Metric takes you through scenic Cowley County on gently rolling hills and lightly traveled secondary roads. The scenery is the flint hills at its best, with 35 and 65 mile options.

Lunch is at Liberty Township Schoolhouse, a one room schoolhouse last used for that purpose 60 years ago! The 65 mile route takes you through the town of Dexter, home of the original "Oh Henry" candy bar which is still run by the inventor Tom Henry's family. They now make a large variety of candy and taffy with machines dating back to their early days of the 20's and 30's.

The ride starts at 9:00 am at Winfield Recreation Center with check in and registration at 8:00 AM. We will have T-shirts available for purchase and have ordered the weather to be in the 70's and 80's!! Also, home baked goodies and a nice lunch spread by our volunteers make this a very popular annual reunion ride. We may also have the crank ice-cream bike churning out homemade custard at the schoolhouse! If you would like to volunteer, please contact us!

This ride supports the work of Prairie Travelers, which supports the establishment of an inter-connected trail network in the State by preservation of railroad corridors as trails for the use and enjoyment of everyone.

Register Online: https://www.bikereg.com/walnut-valley-metric-2016

2016 WVM Brochure/Entry Form

Exciting Times on the Prairie Sunset Trail

We could not have asked for a more beautiful day in May for our ribbon cutting on the Prairie Sunset Trail extension, celebrating the addition from 167 th St W to Maize Rd. Believe it or not, it did not rain and the turnout of 150 to 200 folks made the event all that more meaningful! They were dozens of bicyclists, joggers & walkers as well as State Senator Dan Kerschen, City Councilman Jeff Blubaugh, Goddard mayor, Marci Gregory, Sedgwick County director of Engineering Penny Evans and Kansas Trails Council Mike Goodwin. Following a speech of gratitude by Larry Hatfield, John Moore & Matt Freund were joined by all the dignitaries present and many that helped on the trail construction in cutting the ribbon!

Steve Bahm, shared a few stories about his father, Herb Bahm, whose bench was also dedicated in his memory. Herb was an avid bicyclists, Oz Club member and mentor to many. The bench is located between Walnut and 215 th St W, just west of the Goddard park!

Having loaded up on Zelma Bahm's & Lucy Lavelle's cookies, several dozen rode the trail to Maize Rd and back for a 12 mile excursion, while many others walked or rode to "Herb Bahm's Memorial Bench."

John Moore and the "geezers" have already started on the bridge at Dugan. Before the end of the summer we hope to have the trail completed to Hoover Rd, with a low water bridge over the Cowskin Creek, this will make the Prairie Sunset Trail 15 miles in length.

Ruth Holliday, Sec
Prairie Travelers

Perfect Day to Ride the Prairie Sunset Trail

It was the day before the Prairie Sunset Trail extension Ribbon Cutting that Elizabeth Burger from Sunflower Foundation joined John Moore and Bob Lavelle for a leisurely ride on the new section of the trail heading east out of Goddard. Sunflower Foundation has helped Prairie Travelers over the years with 3 different grants for the trail. Needless to say, we would not be as successful if it was not for their vision and wisdom in helping us with a $15,000, $1,500 and $55,000 matching grant respectively over the last 8 years. Marci Gregory, mayor of Goddard was also at the Trailhead to greet her and thank Sunflower Foundation for their support for trails such as the Prairie Sunset Trail!

Ruth Holliday

Bike Month Celebration

Please join us for these activities/events!

16th Annual Midwest Beerfest - May 21st, 2016 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. @ Century II Exhibition Hall

Western Sedgwick County Trail Tour on the Prairie Sunset Trail - May 21st, 10:30 am

www.goddardks.gov/trailtour

Railroad Trestle Paving - 2015

Here are some nice shots of the complete railroad trestle paving by Scott Foster


2015 Fall/Winter Newsletter

Fall/Winter 2015

Prairie Sunset Trail Extension

The sound of compressors, drills, saws and hammers dominated the area between 119th St W and 135th St W practically every morning during a 2 week span in October. The beauty of the 170 foot long trestle bridge and its splendor is reflected in these incredible pictures. Trail manager, John Moore spearheaded the project of building the side rails with volunteers that worked alongside him for days at a time. Soon it will be ready for the paving phase over the bridge followed by limestone on the rest of the mile!

On the 3 miles already lime stoned and trimmed, bollards have also been installed to prevent 4-wheelers from accessing and ruining the completed sections. This means that the area between 167th to Maize Rd will soon be completed, leaving us Maize to Hoover to finish. Officially the PST extension will not open until signs are up and we get the blessing from the City and County.

This Prairie Sunset Trail Extension will open up a wonderful commuting venue for outlining suburbs. It also means more maintenance as we have committed to helping with the trail and its ongoing care. This is all done by volunteers, donations & grants, so please consider an end of the year donation so we can complete this project within the time table promised.

Larry Hatfield, Pres
Paula Harms, Treas
Ruth Holliday, Sec

Cecile Kellenbarger Sculpture Dedication

It was a moving and touching dedication, the last Saturday in September when a beautiful sculpture of Cecile and her two dogs were unveiled during a ceremony attended by 50 or more on the Prairie Sunset Trail in Goddard. Former mayor, Larry Zimmerman, Mayor Marci Gregory and Cecile's husband, John Moore shared memories as to her unwavering dedication to the completion of the Prairie Sunset Trail. John Moore contracted local famed artist Connie Ernatt to create the sculpture honoring his wife. Following the ceremony a dozen or more road their bicycles to the Cecile Kellenbarger Memorial Bridge, 6 miles to the west in Garden Plain where treats and drinks awaited.

CECILE B.KELLENBARGER

Cecile had the foresight and dedication, with the help of great friends, to transform an abandoned railroad into a park and the Prairie Sunset Trail we enjoy today.

She is the light we follow.
Prairie Travelers 2015

2015 Walnut Valley Metric

We could not have asked for a better day for our annual Walnut Valley Metric, Sept 27th. Over 200 bicyclists participated in our largest benefit ride for Prairie Travelers. Cyclists chose between 35 and 65 miles through the gentle rolling hills of Cowley County and were energized at 5 SAG stops along the way. Lunch was served at the historic Liberty Schoolhouse, a one room school located east of Winfield that closed in the mid-1950s. A converted exercise bike also cranked out 4 loads of homemade ice cream!

A big thank you to all the supporters who came out to support rails to trails through biking as well as our volunteers that made it possible, which include, Prairie Travelers members, Oz Bicycle Club, AARTI (Andover Augusta Rail Trail Initiative) and Steve Richard's with Blendrich Nutrition who went through dozens of gallons of his nutritional beverage (www.blendrich.com). A big thank you also goes to Great Harvest Bread Co that provided 25 loaves for sandwiches and samples from Spring Hill Vineyards. But what makes this ride that one talks about is Emma Griffin's homemade delicious bars in 3 different varieties and her banana bread. She made ten 9x13 pans and 8 banana loafs!! As bicyclists we pretty much ate it all up!!

Hope to see you on next year's ride or on the Prairie Sunset Trail which will soon be 15 miles in length!

Larry Hatfield & Ruth Holliday

New Membership Form

MEMBERSHIP FORM | Membership FORM - COLOR

Sunflower Rail-Trails Conservancy

The folks at Sunflower Rail-Trails Conservancy have put together an informative brochure with the contact information for the rail trails in Kansas. In order to build and maintain these rail-trails for the enjoyment and benefit of all, volunteers and donations are always need and very welcome! Kansas Rail Trails.

Rail Trail News

If you have information regarding rail trails (proposed, under construction, or current) in Kansas, please forward the information to bryantnc@gmail.com and we will update our information.

Trail Benefits

Everyone wins with the preservation of transportation corridors and the development of linear trails: the nation retains a vital resource, the public gains a place to safely walk or ride, the railroads retain the right to restore rail service in the future, small towns can receive an economic boon, and adjacent landowners obtain access to a recreational facility and increased property values.

By helping to preserve Kansas' heritage and recreational opportunities, you will be giving your children and grandchildren an irreplaceable gift - living history. If the linear trails project cannot be kept on track, so to speak, the corridors may be lost forever. That is why Prairie Travelers needs your help.


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