The Washington Rotary Club and the Washington Parks Department are beginning their plans for their 10th annual Riverfront Trail Day Wednesday, June 4, for seniors and anyone else who has a physical disability. A rain day has been set for June 11.
The event will be held at Lions Lake and the swine pavilion at the Washington fairgrounds, where it was relocated last year due to the high river level covering the Riverfront Trail. The new trail route and pavilion location worked out so well, that organizers decided to stay with it this year.
This annual event was started by Barb Hellmann who was inspired by her parents, Elmer and Delores Struckhoff, to offer an opportunity for the seniors to see the beauty of the river and the Rotary Riverfront Trail, which has grown into a very special fun day over for many seniors and anyone who has a physical disability. Many residents from area nursing homes and assisted living centers have participated in the past.
The day starts at 8 a.m. with coffee, juice and doughnuts and wheelchair rides around Lions Lake guided by local high school students.
There will be five trams pulled by tractors starting to leave from the swine pavilion for a trail ride down to Front Street and back and then around Lions Lake. The ride will take about 30 minutes.
Scheduled tram rides will be every hour starting at 9 a.m. with the final tram leaving at 2 p.m.
Three of the five trams can accommodate wheelchairs. Plenty of wheelchairs are provided from area businesses.
All five trams will have a guide onboard pointing out aspects of the scenery and the history along the trail route.
Bingo games have become a huge part of this event also. The bingo games under the swine pavilion will start at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Lots of prizes are given away which are donated from area businesses.
Last year prizes included $2 bills and were really liked by the players. The Washington Rotary Club has purchased additional bingo cards which have larger print and are easier to use.
A free lunch will be provided by the Washington Rotary Club and will be served at 10:30 a.m. by volunteers from St. Francis Borgia Regional High School and Washington High School.
The menu is hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, cookies and ice cream sundaes. Plenty of refreshments will be provided.
Free transportation to and from the event will be available to anyone living within the city limits of Washington.
Any local business that would like to make a donation to help with this event should contact Sharon Monzyk at 314-708-5210.
Registration will begin May 1. Watch Senior LifeTimes and The Missourian for more details.