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Please make sure to make some time to join us on Saturday July 24th for our Summer group walk meeting at 10am at Wiggenhorn Memorial Park, 2600 Clay St, in Ashland. This event will be a 5k walk followed by an optional box lunch after. The cost of the walk event is $3.
The box lunch is $10 or $9 if you are a Nebraska Trailblazer member. (Remember, club membership is free for 2021! Just go to our website netrailblazers.club for a membership form.) The box lunch will include a sandwich, bag of chips, a chocolate chip cookie and a bottle of water. It is from Cheri O's, a terrific local deli in Ashland. You must reserve a box lunch by mailing a check, made out to NWFT to NWFT, P.O. Box 8147, Omaha, NE. 68108. You can include your walk payment with the box lunch payment or bring $3 in exact change to the walk.
The deadline for us to receive your payment in order to purchase/ pre-reserve one of these box lunches is July 15th.
Also, please note the below directions for this Ashland event:
From I-80 westbound take exit 432 (for NE-31 ). Right to NE-31 to US-6/Gretna/Ashland 0.2 miles. Left on US-6 about 7.4 miles. Turn right onto Silver St. 0.6 miles, then turn right onto N.14th street 0.2 miles. Turn left onto Clay St. for 0.8 miles, and then you are at your destination for Wiggenhorn Memorial Park, 2600 Clay St.
The trail meanders along tree lined paths with scenic lake views and across the new floating trail with the 10K route extending into a pleasant suburban neighborhood. This trail is stroller and dog friendly. All children accompanied by an adult receive a free award. Start between 8 and 11 a.m. If you would like to walk with others and make new friends, join the group walk at 8:30. Cost is $3 per walker. Children in strollers free. Return to the start point by 2 p.m. Start point is entrance 4 picnic shelter.
September 11 is National Day of Service and Remembrance. We will be collecting food for Feeding America. Please bring your nonperishables to the walk. No glass and no expired food, please.
Standing Bear Lake is named for the Ponca leader Chief Standing Bear. One unusual feature at Standing Bear Lake is a wind organ. Created by artist Douglas Hollis, the sculpture is a combination of metal pipes placed vertically in the ground. Each pipe has a hole in its side for filtering the wind and making sound.
To get to the start point: Entrance to the park is on N. 132nd St. between Military and Fort St. on the west side of the road. Follow the winding park road to the end. Shelter is set back in the trees behind a children's playground.
Walk through stately, established neighborhoods lined with trees and history. The 5k route keeps you north of Dodge Street, taking you into the heart of the historic Dundee Neighborhood and through Memorial Park. The 10k route extends the walk up to Metcalfe Park and explores Happy Hollow Boulevard through Memorial and Elmwood Parks, visiting the Happy Hollow neighborhood and Holy Sepulchre Cemetery on your way. Walking in Memorial Park does require descending two sets of broad steps; a bypass that does not go through the park is available.
Cost is $3 per walker. Children in strollers are free. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trail but not in Ahmad's. If you would like to walk with others and make new friends, join the group walk at 8:30.
From eastbound Dodge Street, you cannot take a left across traffic into the strip mall. Use Farnam Street instead to Saddle Creek Rd. Left on Saddle Creek under Dodge Street and immediately turn right and right again to head westbound on Dodge Street. Turn right into the strip mall entrance a block past N. 46th St. If parking lot is full, park on Capitol Ave. or in the public parking lot at 46th & Capitol and use the connecting alley to walk to the Start Point.