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!
We recently relaunched our website, PaolaPathways.org! In addition to updated content and images, we added a few new features. Check them out.
Our sights are set on finishing the last small section of Lake Miola Trail this winter. The winter limestone trail will be built south of Lakeview Trailhead near the picnic shelter.
Check out a slideshow of the Lake Miola Trail’s progress.
Check out a slideshow of the creation of the Wallace Park trails.
From 2014 to 2018, Paola Pathways held 5K races on the trails as its marquee fundraiser.
MIAMI COUNTY REPUBLIC: The new Paola Pathways trail system is taking shape around Lake Miola, but city officials now are working on finding a way to keep people from driving motorized vehicles on the new paths.
MIAMI COUNTY REPUBLIC: Paola Pathways is at it again, as work is set to begin next month on the group’s newest phase, which involves surrounding Lake Miola with an 8-foot limestone trail for pedestrians and bicyclists to enjoy.
MIAMI COUNTY REPUBLIC: While Paola residents continue to discover and explore the new trails at Wallace Park, members of the Paola Pathways group are setting their sights on their next big undertaking — a trail surrounding Lake Miola.
The inaugural trails of Paola Pathways were officially opened and dedicated to the citizens of Paola on June 14, 2014. This day marked the culmination of 2½ years of planning, educating, promoting, fundraising, as well as hosting the first-ever 5K on the trails.
MIAMI COUNTY REPUBLIC: It was a busy year for Paola Pathways, as new trails were constructed in Wallace Park and along Hedge Lane. Paola officials announced in the summer that the city received a matching grant from the Sunflower Foundation that will allow for the construction of a trails system at Wallace Park.
MIAMI COUNTY REPUBLIC: Life is about to get easier for walkers, joggers and cyclists in Paola. Whether residents are looking for a route to take a brisk run to Lake Miola or in search of a nature trail to explore on a Sunday afternoon, Paola Pathways is looking to provide safe surfaces for everyone.
The Paola High School drama department performed “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at the Paola Community Center, where a dinner catered by Spudley’s and a silent auction preceded the play. This served as the first fundraising event for Paola Pathways.
MIAMI COUNTY REPUBLIC: When members of a trails task force first met in November 2011, they knew they wanted to construct a series of trails throughout Paola, but they lacked a complete plan and funding to reach their goals. Now, after 20 months of meetings, fundraising and marketing, those same members are ready to turn their vision of a trails system into a reality.
MIAMI COUNTY REPUBLIC: The Paola Pathways task force recently announced it is launching a community-wide campaign to enhance fundraising efforts to start building the first phase of a pedestrian/bicycle trail system in Paola.