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Walktober 2022: Riverfront Heritage Trail (Westside)

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Walk, ride or run a different trail every Sunday in October! The month of October is ideal for exercising outside ~ the temperatures are cool and the colors are spectacular. Walktober makes the most of this great season by inviting participants on a tour of autumn’s most vibrant landscapes and inspiring everyone to make movement a priority!! Dogs on leashes are welcome. Commemorative Walktober buttons, designed by artist Liz Vargas, for the first 200 participants at each location. Attend all four events and collect all four designs! 



Sunday, October 2, 2022
Time: Noon-2 p.m., Free
Location: Riverfront Heritage Trail (Segment 4/Westside)
Check-in: Tony Aguirre Community Center, 2050 W Pennway St
Guided Tours: SOLD OUT! Noon and 12:30 p.m. (Guided hikes are 1.5 hours long) Registration link below.
Plein Air Quick Paint Contest Details>>

This trail segment follows West Pennway, passes over a pedestrian bridge at I-670 and connects on the north with downtown. As it winds through the Westside Neighborhood it features a several attractive art works that feature shapes and colors that are associated with the Mayan Culture. Even the trail lighting is designed to reflect the Spanish-American background of many of the residents. On the north end of this trail segment you will discover a decorative pedestrian bridge that gives you an excellent view of Kaw Valley as it connects the oldest parks in Kansas City. The bridge itself features spectacular iron work that depicts the frequent flock of birds seen in the area.  A highlight on this trail segment is 5,500 pound fiberglass Hereford Bull replica that resides in Mulkey Square. The route is  just over one mile out and back. Extend your walk by visiting Observation Park, walking around the trail and admiring the views of downtown.
Riverfront Heritage Trail Segment Four Map>>

THE WESTSIDE WELCOMES WALKTOBER!  Get off the trail and explore some of KC’s most unique shops and restaurants located around 17th & Summit Streets. Check out these businesses offering a special deal for participants. Just show your #Walktober button for:

🍁 15% off Autumn Specials at Goat Hill Coffee & Soda, 811 17th St.
🍁10% off at The Westside Local, 1663 Summit
🍁$1 Agua Frescas at Los Alamos Market Y Cocina, 1667 Summit
🍁20% off the Lunch Special at Zero Zero Handmade Pasta, 1702 Summit
🍁10% off plants at Roots KC Plant Shop, 818 West 17th
🍁 15% off at MADI Apparel,1659 Summit


GUIDED TOUR INFORMATION: Want to know a little more history and see some hidden gems in the Westside? If so, sign up here for a guided urban hike with Urban Hikes Kansas City. Register for Guided Hikes Here (space is limited)>> SOLD OUT

Starting Point- Tony Aguirre Center. On this hilly Westside urban hike, we’ll trek through the architecturally and culturally diverse neighborhood of the Westside and tell the story of its beginnings, point out local businesses and share hidden gems with you! This hike is free, but pre-registration is required. 3 miles 1.5 hours with some steep hills. Questions- Contact Lisa Peña adventurer@urbanhikeskc.com


October 2, 2022
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Event Category:
Jarboe Park, Mulkey Square, Observation Park, Riverfront Heritage Trail, Tony Aguirre Community Center


Kansas City River Trails