Walk Sitka group to meet on Wednesday, Feb. 27, to discuss Sitka’s walkability

Photo courtesy of Sitka National Historical Park

Photo courtesy of Sitka National Historical Park

Are you concerned about walking conditions in Sitka? Do you have ideas about how we can improve the local walking experience and make it safer? Then join Walk Sitka at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Sitka Public Health Center (210 Moller, between the Moller Park baseball fields and the entrance to Sitka Community Hospital) as we meet to discuss Sitka’s walkability.

Walk Sitka is a group formed after the 2012 Sitka Health Summit, when community members chose improving Sitka’s walkability as one of the three community wellness projects for 2012-13. As part of its project, Walk Sitka will apply for a national Walk Friendly Communities award using the community walkability assessment tool developed by the WFC program. Recent research has shown that walkable communities improve local health and economies.

At recent meetings Walk Sitka group members have been reviewing different parts of the WFC application, and we will be going over these sections when we meet on Feb. 27. We also will be looking at our application plans as we aim for the May 1-June 15 application period.

For more information about the group, contact Elisabeth Crane at 747-0386 or Charles Bingham at 738-8875, or visit our new website at https://walksitka.wordpress.com/. To learn more about about the Walk Friendly Commuities program, go to http://www.walkfriendly.org/.


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