Walk Sitka has submitted its application for a 2013 Walk Friendly Communities award designation. The application period closes on Saturday, June 15, and results will be announced in a few months.
Applying for a Walk Friendly Communities designation was one of three community wellness projects chosen at the 2012 Sitka Health Summit. By going through this national award application process we hoped to gain a better handle on the status of walking in Sitka and what we can do to improve it. We feel there have been many improvements to walking in Sitka just in the past year, with the launch of many walking programs (Park Prescriptions, Wednesday walks in the park, Senior Hiking Club, etc.), the start of construction on the Sitka Sea Walk, continued construction on the Cross Trail and other Sitka Trail Works projects, and more.
The 72-page community assessment tool, which helps communities fill out the application, has nine sections — Community Profile, Status of Walking, Planning, Education and Encouragement, Engineering, Enforcement, Evaluation and Additional Questions. Once submitted, the actual application printed out at 37 pages.
A copy of our application is posted below. Feel free to review it and let us know ways we can make Sitka more walk friendly. So far, Sitka is the second community in Alaska to apply for a Walk Friendly Communities designation (Juneau received an honorable mention in 2010). Don’t forget to like our Facebook page and watch this site for updates.