Free Entrance and Healthy Fun at Kansas State Parks Sept. 26

TOPEKA – If it’s been a while since you’ve visited a Kansas state park, consider this you’re formal invitation to come on back! The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has teamed up with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) to offer Healthy Fun at the State Parks Day, Sept. 26; a day when admission to all Kansas state parks will be free.

“We are pleased to once again partner with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and sponsor Healthy Fun at the State Parks Day, Sept. 26. As a home-grown and Kansas-based company, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas wants our members – and all Kansans – to lead longer, happier lives by engaging in outdoor activity, like these you can find at our state parks,” said Andrew C. Corbin, BCBSKS president/CEO. “From one corner of the state to the next, Kansas offers a vast array of landscapes in our parks where we can bike, hike, run, play, horseback ride, hunt, swim, and fish or simply take a relaxing walk in the fresh air of Kansas.”

In recognition of the special day, BCBSKS has produced a coloring book featuring illustrations that highlight outdoor activities in eight of the Kansas state parks and a map of all 26 state park locations. Information about the parks and educational tips are also included. Coloring books will be available across the state at state park locations, rest stops, tourism offices and the Kansas State Fair.

“So many Kansans are unaware of the unique terrain and beautiful landscapes that can be found at Kansas state parks and the fun and healthy outdoor activities that can be enjoyed at each of the parks,” said KDWPT Secretary Robin Jennison. "We appreciate the efforts of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas to promote a healthy lifestyle to their members and all Kansans. We’re pleased that the Kansas state parks have been selected to serve as the centerpiece of this campaign.”

Kansas state parks include 32,200 acres of land; more than 500 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails; more than 280 miles of roads; 10,000 campsites, many with utility hookups; more than 120 rental cabins; and access to more than 130,000 acres of water.

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