Friends of Trail de Paris is hosting Opening Day for Trails, Trail de Paris Trail Fest set for April 13 in conjunction with the city of Paris.

Kelly Whitley, NETT Coalition Board Secretary, said the Northeast Texas Trail Coalition’s strives to have an event in “all of the trail towns to encourage folks to get out and enjoy this wonderful asset of Northeast Texas.

“Seeing people out using the trail is very exciting,” Whitley said. “It’s a safe, traffic-free place that all ages can enjoy while spending time together, improving fitness and observing diversity of flowers, butterflies, birds and wildlife.”

In celebration of opening day for the trail, Whitley said events are planned throughout Lamar County — Roxton, Paris, Reno and Blossom. She said Texas Master Naturalist Nancee Salzman will lead a nature walk at 8 a.m. at PJC Noyes Stadium, 24th St. S.E.

“Wear comfortable shoes and bring a camera and binoculars if you have them,” Whitley said. “Participants will be amazed to learn about the variety of nature right here within the City. All ages welcome.”

At 11 a.m., Whitley said, Jenny Wilson will lead a yoga class at Trail de Paris Yoga Park, just west of 12th St. S.E. She encourages attendees to bring a yoga mat or towel and bottle of water.

From 1-4 p.m., Trail Fest Family Bike Ride will peddle off at Love Civic Center pavilion and on the trail.

“There will be fun, music and food vendors,” Whitley said. “Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Helmets strongly encouraged. Folks will have opportunity to have their bikes registered by Paris Police Department and get a basic bike safety check.”

Sponsored by Health 4U, there will be a drawing for a 24″ kids specialized bicycle at 4 p.m.

“We’re grateful for their support of health and wellness in Lamar and Red River County,” Whitley said.

All trail events in Paris are free to the public.

For a list of all Northeast Texas Trail events, visit NETTrail.org, and visit the Northeast Texas Trail Coalition’s Facebook page, facebook.com/netexastrail for more information and updates.

“In case of inclement weather the yoga class, nature walk,  and Trail Fest will be rescheduled,” Whitley said. “I love seeing the trail communities getting involved that’s what it’s all about.”

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