Local Expert: Marissa Marshall
Your Outdoor Adventure Buddy
With the mantra “Leave No Trace” in mind, Marissa Marshall loves to walk and jog around the parks and trails of Lawrence with her energetic pug mix, Frankie. She balances dual roles at the University of Kansas, being an employee and nontraditional student. Because Marissa believes that finding outdoor adventures is for everyone, she appreciates Lawrence’s efforts to make outdoor areas/activities accessible and inclusive.
Marissa's Top 5 Spaces
Marissa's Event Recommendations
A free community-wide fitness program with varying workouts during the week and a Fun Run on the weekends. The program is convenient because you can go as frequently as you like—just remember to bring water!
The Art Walk occurs on the last Friday of every month. You can walk around the downtown/East Lawrence area and pop in to shops, restaurants, bars, and galleries to see various art exhibitions, music, and entertainment.
FINAL FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH
LPL hosts movie nights and concerts on the lawn. There are usually food and drink vendors available. It is a nice way to end the day. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show.
This lavender farm makes for an interesting springtime visit. It is a family-owned business where you can tour the lavender fields and purchase items at their shop. You will learn how the lavender is grown and harvested while enjoying the relaxing scent of acres of lavender fields.
MAY - SEPTEMBER
An annual (first Sunday in May) outdoor showcase of fine arts and crafts by area artists in South Park. Enjoy music and food vendors while supporting and possibly discovering new art pieces to fall in love with.