Walking in Wichita is better than ever! We all know that walking is an easy path to healthy lifestyles, neighborliness and social connections. Walking is an quick way to de-stress, savor fresh air and even have walking meetings.
Bike Walk Wichita helps to foster moderate to vigorous walkability in Wichita. The Wichita Pedestrian Master Plan will enable high quality and safe walkability to connect neighborhoods, destinations, and modes of transportation. While we have a long way to go, we do have quality resources available right now.
Whether you’re visiting Wichita or exploring familiar landmarks, stride safely alone or with a work partner, family member, neighbor or pet. There are many ways to walk outside along residential streets as well as on multi-use paths.
Just a few of the City Parks below. A complete list is at http://www.wichita.gov/Government/Departments/Park/Pages/Parks.aspx.
- Most parks have walking paths such as:
East: Harrison Park, 1300 S Webb Rd
West: Swanson Park, 1011 N Maize Rd
North: Chisholm Creek Park, 3228 N Oliver
South: Watson Park, 3022 S McLean Blvd
Arkansas River path
This 10 mile multi-use path goes through the heart of the city and provides access to parks and lots of city attractions, including museums, the stadium, and the zoo. There are plenty of places to park along the path as well as many quiet stretches to explore.
Central Riverside Park, 700 Nims
Close to the river, this park is about a mile northwest of downtown Wichita. One destinations is the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit with over 20 species of native mammals, reptiles and birds in eight cages. There has been a zoo in one form or another on the site since 1901. The park also features splash fountains for children in the summer, play and climbing equipment for kids, a “Solar Calendar,” and parks across the river: to the north with the 1913 Park Villa and to the south with a tennis center.
Prairie Sunset Rail Trail
The Prairie Sunset Trail is a rails-to-trails project. On both the east and west edges of Wichita, trail advocates from Prairie Travelers and partner organization Andover-Augusta Rail Trail Initiative (AARTI) are creating regional connections that include both bicyclists and hikers.
Their combined volunteerism will result in a wide, 50-mile path stretching from Garden Plain to Augusta. Started in the mid 2000’s, it now goes through Goddard and continues east into the western city limits of Wichita. This trail offers great views and lovely scenery–including a covered bridge–close to home.
Redbud Rail Trail
The Redbud Trail is one of two growing rails to trails projects in the area. It winds east and north proceeding from Elm under I-135 through neighborhoods. It is highlighted by art- and history-filled installations at 9th & Hillside, 13th & Roosevelt and 17th & Oliver. The Redbud Trail is a jewel for our community! It will extend toward Andover and eventually to Augusta.
Sedgwick County Park
This park has more than 4 miles of paths, including several that wind through wooded areas that might make you forget you are still in the city. Located in the northwest part of town right next to the zoo, this popular park can be reached from the Ark River Path. The new Woodchuck bike lanes provide safe, marked crosswalks and crossing lights to enter by foot midway on the west and south sides of the park on Ridge Road and on 13th, in addition to the light and crosswalk on the north on 21st street. Map is at http://www.sedgwickcounty.org/sg_park/sgparkmap.pdf.
Sedgwick County Zoo
Another good place for walking is the Zoo. Sign up in the membership office during regular zoo hours. Members get credit for miles walked to earn prizes. See the flyer Making Tracks – a walking program for members for information.
Walk indoors Mon-Sat, 7am-10am; Sunday 1am-noon at:
- Towne West, 4600 W Kellogg Drive
- Towne East, 7700 E Kellogg Drive
Add a little music to your walks! Listen to the Surgeon General’s Walking Playlist on Pandora. [The Department of Health and Human Services and the United States does not endorse any lyrics, artist, vendor, service, product, or general policies of Pandora or any of its advertisers.]
What’s new in Walking
- Register for classes! - We’ve got several classes coming up, register here. Ready to Roll is this Saturday, the 8th at 10am. DIY Bike Trailer is Sunday at 1pm. Lots of other ways to connect, including volunteering for ReCycle. Come see what BWW is all about, see what connections you make here.
- Women’s Bike Camp – July 15-16, 2017 - Hey ladies! (Yep, it’s ladies only!!) Women and girls 13 years+ are invited to join us on our bike-camping adventure to Whispering Winds campground. The adventure begins with a 10 mile group ride from the Sedgwick County Zoo area to the campground near Valley Center. All skill levels are welcome. Extend your ride by starting
- RiverFest Fun - Join us at RiverFest for fun events all week! Bike Valet Parking is available every day (5-9PM weeknights) inside the entrance near Douglas & Waco. Here are some other fun events to mark on your calendar: Tuesday (6/6) Urban Walk – 5PM at the Bike Valet Parking area. Thursday (6/8) Pee Wee’s Big Adventure will be playing
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