Indiana County WalkWorks Program Kick-Off and Special Tours Schedule

Posted on 6/16/2016 3:30:55 PM

Have you been looking for a fun, free and frequent way to exercise outside? This is your chance! Join the new WalkWorks walking groups in four different communities as they kick off their walking routes. You can also join some special tours in the county this summer.

The Indiana County WalkWorks Program kick-off events (Rain or Shine):

  • Ernest: Monday, June 20, at 6:00 p.m., meet at McMillan Park
  • Glen Campbell: Saturday, June 25, at noon, meet at First Baptist Church on Glenwood Avenue
  • White Township: Tuesday, June 28, at 5:30 p.m., meet at concession stand at the White Township Recreation Complex near the baseball field
  • Indiana Borough: Wednesday, June 29, at 6:00 p.m., meet at IRMC Park

To stay up to date, visit our Facebook pages using the following links:

Each route is unique and attractive due to the many cultural points of interest that you will pass while walking the designated routes.

As part of the kick-off events, there will be a stop on each route for water and a healthy snack, and a limited number of free T-shirts will be provided at the events.

Please note, if you cannot make it to the kick-off events, there will be a walking group in each community every week on the same day and time as the kick-off event. For more information, see community Facebook pages.

For those who don’t know what WalkWorks is, here are the most important facts in a nutshell:

  • WalkWorks is a collaboration between the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health to increase opportunities for physical activity across Indiana County
  • WalkWorks is funded by the PA Department of Health and is supported by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Center for Public Health Practice
  • WalkWorks identifies and develops routes for the walking program
  • WalkWorks enters a partnership with local communities to identify walking routes and form sustainable walking groups that will enhance and expand active transportation networks with the ultimate goal of improving the health and quality of life of county residents
  • WalkWorks offers residents the chance to participate in group walks and gain from the social support and incentive of others and therefore increase opportunities for physical activity and joy
  • A professional Walkability Assessment was performed to assure the suitability of the routes for safety and pleasure
  • Seven routes are established in total in Indiana County (range from 1-2 miles)

In addition to the kick-off events the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development is pleased to announce the following special tours:

Kid's Walking Tour: Sunday, July 10 from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m. at the Indiana County Historical Society. "Where History Comes Alive" with Dr. Sara Rutledge; Pack a picnic dinner and a blanket if you would like to stay for the 5:30 p.m. Summer Concert in the Park at Memorial Park.

Allegheny Arboretum at IUP: Saturday, August 6 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Oak Grove on the IUP campus. Visit one of the 10 most beautiful college campus arboretums in the country with Arboretum Chair, retired biology professor Dr. Jerry Pickering

Spread this information in your community – the more the merrier – and join us for “Steps to a Healthier You.”

Any questions, please call the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development at 724-465-3877 or Indiana County WalkWorks Program Manager Barb Hauge at 724-422-1749 or email via email at bhauge@upstreetarchitects.com