Explore Thompson and Kaposia Parks (and the #68 and #71 bus routes)

Another Transit to Green Space outing, this trip will take us one way from the uplands of West St. Paul down to the lowlands of the Mississippi River flood plain. The 2 1/2 to 3 mile walk is either flat or mostly downhill, through woodland and a beautiful ravine in Kaposia park. In the flats we’ll be able to walk out to the river, time permiting. En route we should have time to take in a little history by viewing the WPA era log pavillion in Kaposia park, and the site of the Dakota village that gives its name to the park in the river flats.

When: Saturday, April 28, 9:50am to 1:15pm.

Meeting place: the bus stop at 6th and Robert streets in downtown St. Paul. Meet at 9:50am for the 10am #68 bus heading south. People wanting to board that bus earlier can do so, just making sure they’re on the one that reaches 6th and Robert at 9:58am. (It begins at 9:38am at the southeast corner of Larpenteur and Rice street).

Cost: Bus fare each way is $1.75, seniors $0.75. Exact change, or a bus card is needed.

For transit information: contact the leader or Metrotransit.org.

More details:  The #68 bus trip to our stop at Butler Ave. takes about 15 minutes. We’ll walk east on Butler about 1/2 mile to reach Thompson park. After reaching the park, we will be entirely on trails, including crossing busy highway #52. From the end of our walk at Concord Street, we’ll take #71 at about 12:50pm to return to downtown St. Paul. It’s hard to know if we’ll have time for a proper lunch stop, so be sure to bring snacks and water. But we do always have the option of stopping in the Latino neighborhood of West St. Paul for lunch at El Burrito Mercado, located conveniently right on our return bus route.

Contact and RSVP: depalper@yahoo.com, or 651-699-9667.


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