Take a Walk in the Park with We Walk PHL

Spring is upon us and we are itching to get outside! Taking a walk in one of Philly’s many parks is a fantastic way to step into spring, meet neighbors, and improve your health. We Walk PHL, a FREE walking program in 5 city parks brought to you by Get Healthy Philly, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation is scheduled to kick-off the week of May 1st – May 5th.

 

Walking Groups by Day of Week:

 

Tuesdays: 8:30 am Hunting Park, 9 am FDR Park, 9 am Tacony Creek Park, 6 pm East Fairmount Park

Wednesdays: 9 am FDR Park, 6 pm  West Fairmount Park

Thursdays: 8:30 am Hunting Park

Saturdays: 9 am FDR ParkEast Fairmount Park & Hunting Park

Sundays: 2 pm   West Fairmount Park

 

 

Walking Groups by Park:

 

East Fairmount Park

Meet at picnic tables outside of Mander Playground (on the corner of 33rd & Diamond)

2140 N 33rd St, Philadelphia, PA  19121

Tuesdays at 6 pm and Saturdays at 9 am

 

West Fairmount Park

Meet in Front of the Please Touch Museum

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Wednesdays at 6 pm and Sundays at 2 pm

 

Hunting Park

Meet at the Picnic Tables outside of the Hunting Park Rec Center

1100 W Hunting Park Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Tuesdays 8:30 am, Thursdays 8:30 am, Saturdays 9 am

 

Coming in June – live cooking demonstrations after the Saturday walk

at The Food Trust Hunting Park Farmers Market

 – that will be open between 10-2!

 

Tacony Creek Park

Meet at the Gateway at the Intersection of Whitaker ave. and Loudon Street, Philadelphia, PA 19120

Tuesdays at 9am

 

FDR Park

Meet at the FDR Park Boathouse across from the American Swedish Museum

1800 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Tuesdays 9am , Wednesdays 9 am, Saturdays 9 am

 

We Walk PHL seeks to increase positive use of Philadelphia’s park system, support physical activity, and create opportunities for people to pursue fitness goals while meeting their neighbors.

This program is intended for all Philadelphians with an interest in walking (and rolling) which includes individuals of varying abilities. Walking is ageless, sexless, and timeless. Male or female, young or old, walking or rolling— ALL people are encouraged to participate the walk groups.

Why Walking?

  • It’s effective in improving many aspects of health. Regular walking can even improve sleep and boost energy levels.
  • It’s low skill – no special training necessary!
  • It’s accessible for all ages and abilities and available just outside your door. The term “walking” includes “rolling” for people in wheelchairs or using assistive devices.
  • Walking decreases depression, anxiety, and stress levels. It’s our favorite price – FREE! All you need are comfortable shoes and you are ready to walk.
  • The health benefits add up. Regular walking helps you meet American Heart Association recommendations of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week.
  •  You can walk for recreation or transportation.
  •  It’s environmentally friendly – it does not cause pollution like motorized vehicles.
  •  It builds social connections – walking with a group is a fun way to meet people or strengthen existing relationships.
  •  It serves as a break from work, studying, or the kids.
  •  Taking a walk in nature helps to clear your mind.

 

 

Stay on the lookout for walk schedules, meeting locations, and other relevant updates coming soon!

Please join the We Walk PHL public group page on Facebook or email wewalkPHL@gmail.com for more information.

We’ll see you in the park!