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Posted on: July 6, 2021

Topeka ER & Hospital sponsorship enhances major trails

Group walking at announcement of Topeka ER & Hospital Trail sponsorship

Topeka ER & Hospital sponsorship enhances Shunga, Landon and Lake Shawnee Trails

TOPEKA, KAN. – A trail sponsorship by Topeka ER & Hospital will enhance Shawnee County’s three major paved trails with new markers every half-mile to help pedestrians tell how far they have walked or jogged. The new markers will be placed along the 8.5-mile Shunga Trail, the 4.5-mile Landon Trail and the

7-mile Lake Shawnee Trails.

“This enhancement to our major trails not only provides a convenience to trail users, but it can improve community health by encouraging patrons to measure and extend the distance of their workout,” said Jim Rinner, chair, Parks for All Foundation.

The five-year sponsorship through a gift to the Parks For All Foundation is valued at $260,000.

"This was a fabulous opportunity for Topeka ER & Hospital to contribute to the Topeka and Shawnee County community, helping enhance the trail experience for the thousands of residents who use them," says Karly Rogers, director of operations for Topeka ER & Hospital.

Tim Laurent, director, Shawnee County Parks + Recreation, added, “We’re pleased to have a new partner working side by side with us to enhance the health of our community. Our trails are an important part of quality of life and good health is a key component of quality of life.”

Notable is that, the Deer Creek Trail extension project underway will leave Shawnee County Parks + Recreation only .66 miles of trail away from connecting its trail system from southwest Topeka at SW 29th and McClure all the way to and around Lake Shawnee via the Shunga, Deer Creek and Lake Shawnee Trails. The Landon Tail runs north/south and intersects the Shunga Trail just south of Brown Vs. Board and Cushinberry Park.

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