Westar Energy dedicates Cross Country Course in Hutchinson

Posted 2 years ago

By Fred Gough

Westar donated 200 acres of land in Hutchinson for schools’ cross-country course

TOPEKA – formal ceremony will dedicate the newly constructed Westar Energy Prairie Ridge Park, a 5-kilometer cross-country course located adjacent to the Hutchinson Energy Center (HEC).

The dedication ceremony will at take place at 10 a-m, on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the course sign near HEC in Hutchinson, 3200 E. 30th Ave.

Representatives of Hutchinson Community College (HCC), Buhler schools and Prairieland Partners will be in attendance.

Last year, Westar collaborated with Buhler schools and HCC to build a cross-country course for this fall’s school season. With its commitment to build a better community, Westar dedicated 200 acres of land located between Prairie Hills Middle School and the Dillon Nature Center in Hutchinson for the course’s construction.

Throughout the course’s construction, the land maintained its natural beauty. The scenic course is lined with wild prairie grass and natural inclines, making it enjoyable for joggers and walkers. For competing students, the course has a challenging setup of varying elevations and many twists and turns, posing not only a physical challenge, but a mental one as well.

Prairie Hills made its cross-country fall school year debut on Sept. 13 with competing students from Hutchinson, Winfield and Valley Center high schools.

The location is north of 30th on Lucille.