Scenes from the Leavenworth Road parade on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 72nd to 51st streets in Kansas City, Kan.
by William Crum
A new hike and bike trail opened Saturday on the levee just west of 18th and Kansas Avenue in Kansas City, Kan.
This is the first of many soon to come hike and bike trails that go close to the river on the levee.
“We are very excited about this opening, if it wasn’t for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kaw Valley drainage district working together, it would’ve not happened,” Mayor Mark Holland said. “The trail is a mile and a half long and it goes right next to the river making this trail one of the most scenic trails in our community. Hopefully within two years we will have everything completed.”
The trails are scenic and give residents a good reason to exercise, he said.
“This is part of our healthy city campaign that all of our commissioners have endorsed, including me,” Mayor Holland said.
These trails are designed to be family friendly. With more trails coming soon, Kansas City, Kan., will be a healthier community overall.
The 29th annual Leavenworth Road parade will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21.
The parade route starts at 72nd and Leavenworth Road and continues to 51st and Leavenworth Road. Some of the walkers and marchers will join the parade near 64th Street.
“It’s going to be nice weather, decent temperatures, sunshine, and no rain. Perfect parade weather,” said Lou Braswell, executive director of the Leavenworth Road Association.
The parade will include Washington, Wyandotte and Schlagle high school bands, four horse units, antique cars and a total of 50 entries, Braswell said.
As in last year’s parade, the Kansas City Kansas Community College men’s basketball team is planning to dribble down Leavenworth Road, shooting basketballs at a goal in the back of a truck, she said.
The judges’ stand will be located in front of Welborn Elementary School.
This year, Unified Government employees will sponsor a fundraiser for United Way before the parade at Sunset Plaza, 6000 Leavenworth Road, she said. A children’s bounce house and craft booths are planned.