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In 1989 the developers of the Riss Lake project donated 49 acres of land at the base of the dam to the City of Parkville and $25,000 seed money to develop it as a nature Sanctuary

In 1992 Jim Reed was asked to form a Parkville Nature Sanctuary Committee to develop and manage the property

With help from a Missouri Department of Conservation naturalist, trails were laid out to make the area accessible with minimal impact on the land and wildlife habitat

Through the help of many volunteers, Scout troops, service groups and the Sanctuary committee, the trails became a reality

Bridges were built across White Alloe Creek, boardwalks constructed over swampy areas, and erosion control devices incorporated in the trails to minimize damage from human activities

During 1997 the Missouri Department of Conservation purchased 68 acres adjacent to the Sanctuary and designated it as the White Alloe Creek Conservation Area

This added a beautiful forested area and more than doubled the area managed by the Parkville Nature Sanctuary Committee

A view from the bottom of the large earthen dam which holds back the waters of Riss Lake

View from the top of the dam looking South to downtown Parkville. The smokestack on the horizon is across the Missouri River and in Kansas

Looking North across Riss Lake from the road on the top of the dam

Another view looking North with Highway 45 (Tom Watson Parkway) in the distance

The dam in the background from one of the elevated walkways above swampy ground

The "Bluebird Trail" was cleared according to ADA standards to facilitate access for those with moderate restrictions on their mobility.

The trail system was expanded with the "White Tail Trail" to incorporate the new Conservation area, the longest trail at 1.3 miles

The upper reaches of White Alloe Creek as it meanders from the base of the dam

Many Eagle Scout projects have enhanced the accessibility of the White Tail Trail with trail improvements such as graveled paths, wood steps and switchbacks

Jim Reed became the first Director of the Parkville Nature Sanctuary and he regularly conducts highly successful nature walks and arranges for other naturalists to lead hikes

The old Girl Scout Cabin location was preserved and restored as a gathering area and in 1999 was fitted with an award-winning shelter roof designed by Kelly Batcheller

Still boasting its original brick fireplace, it has become a favorite location for many gatherings including the enormously popular Halloween "Family Ghost Story Night"

Now on to the conquest of the White Tail Trail

I asked this gentleman where the escalator was... He said it was out of order and I had picked the steepest part of the trail to head up

Somehow it doesn't look as steep as I felt it was then

AHA! Eureka! Voila! This is at the top... I actually made it...
(I had my doubts)

The prettiest trees were at the higher levels. Seems the ones down lower had mostly dropped their leaves

Now on the way down, much easier this direction


I only saw five people on the trail, two joggers, the old gentleman and this couple... Oops, you can't see his wife there

I stopped to talk to them, a really nice couple from Overland Park, Kansas. Out to take the air in Parkville

I was on the way down. they asked how far to the top, I said I would guess about 1/8 mile. Almost there now

A lady jogger on the way up... I was glad to be heading the other way!

Entering or leaving the Sanctuary you cross White Alloe creek, here flowing from the North

Now leaving, crossing the creek again, looking South where the creek flows alongside of the Park University Athletic fields, then on though English Landing park, joining Rush Creek and then on into the Missouri River


~ And This was the End of My First Sanctuary Hike ~

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