Paola Pathways logo greets trail users in Wallace Park

As of today, pedestrians entering Wallace Park on the trail from the north are now welcomed onto the Paola Pathways trail system by a professionally engraved stone featuring the trail logo. This stone was a gift from a Pathways Partner who purchased the stone at their dinner theater fundraiser back in 2013.

Previously it was quite a jaunt from the main entrance on Osage Street before users came upon one of the three kiosks or anything that would distinguish the trail system. The area featuring the stone logo has been landscaped with drought-resistant plants which provides a pleasant atmosphere to greet trail users.

National Trail Mix Day

National Trail Mix Day is Saturday, Aug. 31. And, of course, the Paola Pathways Task Force invites you to celebrate with a little homemade trail mix and an adventure on one of our trails.

There are countless recipes for trail mix to fit your specific needs and cravings. One of our favorite finds is at Greatist, where they’ve listed 21 healthy mix recipes! The gives a little history, offers nutritional advice, and provides unique mix ideas using a variety of combinations of nuts, seeds, dried fruits, grains, sweets, and savory extras to try.

So, have fun creating your own trail mix, then grab a friend, hit the trail, and enjoy sharing your snack at one of the donor-sponsored benches along the way!

National Running Day

National Running Day is observed on the first Wednesday of June each year. It is a day that runners across America reaffirm their passion for running. But what a great day for beginners to initiate a commitment to running, as well! Whether it’s a few miles or once around the block, solo or with friends, choose your method of observing this day and get out there and enjoy.

Paola Pathways has more than 11 miles of trail that are just waiting for your footprints!

National Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day is celebrated on the third Friday in May. Why participate? Studies show that riding your bike to work is not only good for you, but it also increases your level of happiness and helps your brain function better. In addition, you’ll save money that would otherwise be spent on gas. Oh, and you’ll be preventing carbon monoxide from being pumped into the air, at least for that day! So, don’t be outdone by all those kids who rode their bikes to school on May 8. Time to dust off your bike, air up the tires, don your helmet, and enjoy riding your bike to work today.

National Bike to School Day

Bike to School Day is a great way to promote a broader message of safety and support for safe, active travel in general. Consider organizing a group of friends and/or neighborhood kids and parents and take your place among thousands who strap on their helmets and enjoy a safe ride to school. You’ll get to appreciate things you don’t notice while driving — listening to the sounds of the neighborhood, seeing friends and neighbors, and feeling connected with your community.

Earth Day

Earth Day began in 1970 as millions of people took to the streets to protest negative impacts of industrial development on our planet. Earth Day is now a global event each year in what may be the largest civic-formed day of activism in the world.

This April 22nd, celebrate by getting outside and enjoying the smell of fresh air and companionship with nature. Invite someone to join you to make a difference this Earth Day by picking up litter along a trail. You will feel good, and so will Mother Earth!