• Cheryl Wright

Community Welcomes the WALC Institute

Updated: Jun 26, 2019


In celebration of WALKtober, we are excited to bring the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (WALC Institute) on October 14th and 15th to conduct a variety of presentation and workshops throughout the community. The WALC Institute helps to create healthy, connected environments that support active living and that advance opportunities for all people through walkable and bikable streets, livable cities and better built environments. They directly help as many as 80 communities across North America each year and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to Columbus. While here, they will provide technical assistance and work with us to plot the course towards a healthier city.


There are many opportunities for the community to be involved. They will be walking to school with students from Parkside on October 14th in celebration of Walk to School Day. Following the walk, a group of twenty 3rd grade students will go on a walk-about around the school learning about elements in the environment that allow safe walking and biking. With their cameras, clipboards, and tape measures in hand, they will truly experience the work of landscape architects, engineers, and planners (this will be a great photo opportunity).

The community is encouraged to participate in a variety of free presentations and workshops, each covering different topics.

  • Wednesday from 1:00-2:00pm, they will present at the Mill Race Center where they will discuss the benefits of building a community that allows you to age well in place.

  • Wednesday from 6:30-8:00pm, they will conduct a Safe Routes to School Workshop where residents that live in the Parkside Elementary School and Northside Middle School area will have an opportunity to provide input and concerns about walking and biking throughout the area.

  • Thursday from 8:00-9:30am, the Blue Zones conversation continues with a FREE healthy breakfast and presentation about the concept of creating a community that allows you to move naturally (Flyer for this event below). All are welcome to attend but an RSVP is requested to ensure there is enough food available. Register at the Chamber at this link: http://columbusarea.chambermaster.com/events/details/go-healthy-columbus-the-conversation-continues-931

We have packed our visit full hoping to learn as much as possible during their 1.5 day visit. In addition to the public opportunities, they will be providing more focused technical discussion with groups such as the Safe Routes to Schools Task Force and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Team.

“The Walkable and Livable Communities Institute is looking forward to visiting Columbus during the week of Walk to School Day to envision ways to make this unique and historic town, known for its architecture and family-friendly environment, to become more livable and to give the children and youth of Columbus more options for healthy physical activity. One of our core philosophies is that engaging the public and City staff in a meaningful way is critical to developing truly walkable and livable communities. With the generous support from Reach Healthy Communities, we look forward to helping Columbus in doing just that during this workshop.” -Robert Ping, the Institute's technical assistance program manager

“The WALC institute is a nationally recognized non-profit organization with an educational mission that is working tirelessly to create positive change in communities across the country. The Plan4Health grant funding allowed us to bring them to Columbus and we are looking forward to learning as much as possible from them while they are here!” - Laura Garrett, Reach Healthy Communities

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