Walk Sitka group to meet on Wednesday, March 20, 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 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at the Swan Lake Senior Center as we meet to discuss Sitka’s walkability (note, this is an hour earlier than our normal meeting time).

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 March 20. 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 Communities program, go to http://www.walkfriendly.org/.

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