WALC visit: a huge success!
Updated: Jun 26, 2019
With funding assistance from the Plan4Health grant, Reach Healthy Communities was able to bring the Walkable and Livable Communities (WALC) Institute to Columbus, Indiana on October 14th and 15th.
Though only here a short time, the WALC Institute helped reinforce the ideals behind our newly launched Go Healthy, Columbus (www.gohealthycolumbus.org) campaign, which has the goal of encouraging community design that promotes healthy active living for all ages.
A major focus was Safe Routes to School (SRTS). A highlight of the trip was a walkabout around campus with 15 students from Parkside (pictured below) that taught them about the elements in the environment that encourage people to safely walk and bike.
The WALC's trip was filled with many engagements; In only 1.5 days, they toured the community, met with our Safe Routes to School Task Force and our Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Team, and gave 3 public presentations to nearly 150 people related to Safe Routes to School, Aging in Place, and Building a Community for Active Living.
The wealth of knowledge and experience of the WALC Institute was very apparent as they moved from one place to another seamlessly relating local programs and projects to what has happened nationally and internationally. Our binders are full of great ideas that we are looking forward to implementing over the next several years.