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Please see the "Meetings" page for more information.


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Show your spirit! The proceeds of all t-shirt sales go directly to Prairie Travelers' mission. The t-shirts cost $15.00 each and come in both men's and women's designs.

If you'd like to purchase a t-shirt, please contact Ruth @ 316-685-4545.




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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

Lavonta Williams - District I

Pete Meitzner - District II

James Clendenin - District III

Jeff Blubaugh - District IV

Bryan Frye - District V

Janet Miller - District VI

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)

Tim Norton - 2nd District (Chair Pro Tem)

Karl Peterjohn - 3rd District

Richard Ranzau - 4th District

James Skelton - 5th District

City Manager's Office

455 N Main St, 13th Floor
Wichita, Ks 67202
(316) 268-4351
(316) 858-7712

Robert Layton, City Manager

City of Wichita Park Board

455 N Main St, 11th Floor
Wichita, Ks 67202
(316) 268-4361
(316) 858-7768

Ron Allen - District 1 (316) 688-1034

Tom Roth - District 2 (316) 207-5725 (2nd Vice President)

Hoyt Hillman - District 3 (316) 686-7105

Steven Hieger - District 4 (316) 686-7105

Bryan Frye - District 5 (316) 258-3623 (President)

Cincy Claycomb - District 6 (316) 655-9508

Chris Highfill - (At-Large) (316) 945-2665

Troy Houtman - (Ex-Officio) (316) 268-4628 Director, Park & Recreation Dept

Bike Month Celebration

Please join us for these activities/events!

Prairie Sunset Trail Extension Ribbon Cutting - May 14th, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Goddard Trailhead

Please join as at the ribbon cutting for the opening of the first 4 miles of the Prairie Sunset Trail Extension, creating a 12 mile trail from Garden Plain to Maize Rd, 3 additional miles are to be completed soon to Hoover Rd.

Herb Bahm Memorial Bench Dedication - Avid local bicyclist and trail supporter.

Trail Ride - It will be on the new section to Maize Rd and back (12 miles) to kick start for the Wicked Wind 100 the following day.

This ribbon cutting is the culmination of working together with the City of Wichita, Sedgwick County Commission, Sunflower Foundation ($55,000 matching grant), AmeriCorps NCCC work for 13 weeks last summer plus countless hours of volunteers working together to make this a reality.

Please join us and spread the message that this trail is for walkers, joggers, bikers, hikers and outdoor lovers.

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


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 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


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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