Walking On Wednesday
The Walking On Wednesday program developed out of the KC Chronic Disease Coalition - Healthy Habits program. Walking not only is good exercise, it helps promote and maintain friendships and safety. It encourages neighbors to walk in their own areas of the community which puts more eyes on the streets which, in turn, is a deterrent to unacceptable behavior.
Around the year 2000 we started Walking On Wednesday (WOW). Each Wednesday, weather permitting, from May through October, neighbors and friends meet on the lawn at the Ruiz Branch Library. As a group we walk to 17th Street and return ending at the Tony Aguirre Community Center for water, conversation and sometimes a treat of iced watermelon or orange slices. Often we are joined by the Westside CAN Center police officers. This allows the officers to meet with different residents or those who may be uncomfortable being seen going to the WCAN Center.
Anywhere from 10 to 20 neighbors walk on a regular basis. We begin and end the walking season with a pot luck supper. It's a time to slow down, catch up and visit, enjoy our spectacular West Pennway Boulevard which is part of the Riverfront Heritage Trail system.
Contact: Jerry Morales or Barb Bailey at 816.842.1298 for information. We will start walking again May until about the last week in (weather permitting).
As we continue to succeed with programs like this, we now have a safe walkable neighborhood.