Wichita State to celebrate fitness; open new public walking path
May 12, 2010 9:34 AM | Print
Wichita State University will celebrate National Employee Health and Fitness Day with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that will open a new 1.5 mile marked walking path on campus at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 20.
Wichita State responded to the needs of the community. Beckett wrote a grant in the development of walking groups and $4,889.80 was awarded by The Wichita Community Foundation in partnership with the Health and Wellness Coalition in August 2009.
The Campus Fitness and Wellness staff used a portion of the grant to purchase bronze survey markers to mark a 1.5 mile path around Perimeter Road at WSU in quarter-mile increments. The markers will have a picture of WuShock and the name of the path. This new path will be the only well-lit designated walking path in northeast Wichita. Additional walking paths on campus are expected to be developed in the next year or two.
McKenzie said, "The results from the Healthy Wichita Perception Survey in 2008 showed our community members need safer walking areas, and the Shocker Walker project gives just that. We are thrilled to see a new physical activity opportunity for citizens."
The new WSU walking path has a safe environment with university police and well cared-for sidewalks that are 14 feet wide and accessible for people with disabilities.
"This new walking path is a great way for people in Wichita to get outside, enjoy our beautiful campus and engage in healthy behaviors," said WSU President Don Beggs. "I am proud of the way that Campus Recreation has responded to a need in this community by promoting walking on campus to our neighbors, faculty, staff and students."
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