Today marks the 5th anniversary of the official opening of the Paola Pathways trail system. On June 13, 2014, the task force hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Wallace Park to celebrate the completion of the first three miles of trail. To date, more than 10 miles of trail have been constructed connecting our community.
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!
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.
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.
National Fitness Day is observed the first Saturday in May as a single day to celebrate strength and empowerment through fitness. We encourage you to use the Paola Pathways trail system to meet your fitness goals. So get out there and get your heart pumping; walk, ride, or run.
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.