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Dedication Ceremony Planned For Redbud Bike Trail

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A dedication of Wichita's Redbud Trail will take place Saturday. Bicyclists, walkers and joggers will celebrate the completion of the walk and bike trail, which connects Hydraulic & I-135 to 17th & Oliver Streets in Wichita.

The trail is not just a trail--there are history lessons along the way and three art plazas depicting the history of several of Wichita's pioneers. The trail also depicts several significant events, including the Dockum Drug Store sit-in.

Wichita Councilwoman Lavonta Williams said at a weekly mayoral briefing Thursday that the trail is like no other in Kansas.

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Lavonta Williams stands in front of part of the Redbud Trail while it was under construction last year.

"I challenge you to find another one like it within the country because the pause points at Hillside and the trail heads at 13th and 17th Streets include art depicting stories of the families and the events that helped shape Wichita," Williams said.

Saturday's event will include storytelling by the Wichita Griots and spiritual music from the ARISE ensemble. Streets will be blocked off near 17th and Oliver for parking.

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Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.