The city is looking for a leader for the upcoming September Community Walk.They need someone to lead the walk who will be comfortable discussing the proposed talking points (listed below).
The walk is being organized under the Healthy Community Partnerships Subcommittee. The theme is healthy built environments and walkability in our city.
If you are interested, contact Courtney Firlotte, Recreation Programmer for Health & Wellness, T 604.636.4446 E firstname.lastname@example.org
URBAN Adventure: Walk n’ Learn about your Built Environment
Saturday, September 29 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
An interactive community walk that starts and finishes at Centennial Community Centre.
Actively explore Uptown New Westminster to discover city facilities, lane-ways, local restaurants, parklets, pedestrian accessibility, and walking trails. Healthy refreshments will be provided after.
Registration Fee: Free 14908 (Registration required for prize draws.)
Register online at www.newwestcity.ca or by calling 604.525.7388.
Stay tuned for upcoming Urban Adventure Walks in October and December.
Description of stops on September 2018 possible route for walk
- Stop 1: Centennial Community Centre/Canada Games Pool: Walk leader can explain how the Canada Games Pool/Centennial Community Centre provides recreational opportunities within walking distance of McBride-Sapperton, Glenbrooke North, Queens Park and Glenbrooke South. The types of programs offered at these two places could be mentioned. Maybe mention the Royal City Curling Club too. Maybe this is a good time for an ice breaker asking people what neighbourhood they are from.
- Stop 2: McBride Overpass: Walk leaders can point out the McBride Overpass and explain the roles that overpasses play in helping people cross busy streets. Perhaps this is a good time to ask walkers about how they feel using overpasses (steepness of ramps, safety etc.)
- Stop 3: Ecole Glenbrooke Middle School: Walk leaders can talk about the importance of walking to school. Perhaps this is a good time to talk with parents and children about their routes to school, challenges walking to school, why they like walking to school etc.
- Stop 4: Seventh Ave/Second Street Round-About: Walk leaders can discuss roles of round-abouts in traffic calming. Perhaps participants can give feedback on what they think about round-abouts as drivers, walkers, and cyclists.
- Stop 5: Seventh Avenue Greenway (between Sixth Street and Eighth Street): This section of road has recently received changes that affect vehicle parking and cycling routes. Participants could give their thoughts on these changes.
- Stop 6: Century House/Youth Centre: The walking leader could talk about Century House, the Youth Centre and many other amenities in Moody Park. The walking leader can discuss the proximity of this park to many neighbourhoods, including Uptown and Moody Park. The participants could then be asked about whether or not they use Moody Park and its amenities and if they walk there and why or why not.
- Stop 7: New Westminster Public Library: The walking leader could talk about the Public Library, what a great resource it is for people of all ages and mention its centrality within New Westminster.
- Stop 8: Royal City Centre: Most New Westminster residents already know about this mall, but it would probably be good to mention that this mall is within walking distance of many neighbourhoods and offers lots of shops and services. If the Uptown BIA is a sponsor of our walk, that plug would probably be a good thing to do.
- Stop 9: Belmont Street Parklet: The walking leader could mention what parklets are and why we have them. The participants could discuss their thoughts on parklets, whether they use them etc. . The proximity to many shops and services could also be mentioned (Uptown BIA would like this).
- Stop 10: Many restaurants (Japanese, Ethiopian, Indian, Chinese, Thai etc.) between Fourth Avenue and Fifth Avenue along Sixth Street: The walk leader could mention the many restaurants along Sixth Street (Uptown BIA would like this mention). Participants could discuss whether or not they walk to restaurants and why or why not.
- Stop 11: Fourth Avenue and Fourth Street intersection and curb let-downs: The walk leader could describe the importance of accessibility, including curb let-downs, especially for the elderly, persons with disabilities and families with young children. Participants could discuss accessibility.
- Stop 12: Oakland Street (lane between Second and Third Streets, actual street with houses fronting on it between First and Second Streets): Walk leader could mention the presence of lanes in many parts of the City. Walk leader could discuss the benefits of walking down lanes (learning more about your neighbourhood, seeing things that you haven’t seen before, picking blackberries etc.). Participants could discuss their experiences walking down lanes.
- Stop 13: Queens Park Arena/Rose Garden: There could be a plug here for walking to New Westminster Salmonbellies games. The Rose Garden as a beautiful walking destination could also be discussed.
- Stop 14: Queens Park Petting Zoo/Playground/Spray Park: Probably most people know about this destination, but it is still worth mentioning. The fact that this play area is within walking distance from Queens Park and Glenbrooke North could be mentioned.
- Stop 15: Centennial Lodge/Art Gallery at Queens Park: A good place to do a shout-out to our arts community and also mention the availability of Centennial Lodge for events such as weddings. Convenient walk to Queens Park, Glenbrooke North, parts of Uptown and McBride-Sapperton means that people can imbibe at social events and still get home safely and cheaply.
- Stop 16: Millennium Walking Trail: Walk leader can describe Millennium Trail. This is a good time to discuss the benefits of walking for recreation and find out how many of the attendees walk for recreation and why.
- Stop 17: Somewhat dangerous intersection – Sixth Ave and McBride Boulevard: Between 2009 and 2013 (ICBC website data), 5 pedestrians were hit by vehicles in this intersection. This may be a good time to discuss safety with the walking people, what improvements could be made to make dangerous intersections more safe, etc. , how to keep safe as a pedestrian.