Monday March 16, 2009
Louisville is making walking easier with a new series of “Mayor’s Miles” markers being unveiled throughout the city.
Mayor Jerry Abramson discussed the plans today at the unveiling of a new walking path in California Park, near Wheatley Elementary School.
“This Mile is easily accessible for park users and students,” Abramson said. “It is also within a short distance of Shorty’s convenience store where people can pick up a healthy snack through our new ‘Healthy in a Hurry Corner Store’ program.”
Mayor’s Miles are a distance-marking system for walking paths. Ground markers and pole signs designate every 1/10th of a mile to help facilitate walking for groups and individuals. The mileage ground markers are currently in four Metro parks: Seneca, Shawnee, Iroquois and Thurman-Hutchins parks. Along with the California site, Metro Parks is adding a Mayor’s Mile to the Cherokee Scenic Loop. Work on all of the installations is scheduled for completion by summer.
“This makes it easy for these kids and their families to get off the couch and away from the TV,” said Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of the Louisville Metro Department for Public Health and Wellness. “And the close proximity to fruit snacks and fresh vegetables at Shorty’s helps us achieve two Mayor’s Healthy Hometown goals, increasing physical activity and encouraging fruit and vegetable consumption.”
Abramson also announced today that the Mayor’s Miles program is expanding to include neighborhoods, schools and commercial gathering places. A new Mayor’s Mile is located at the Reservoir site on Frankfort Avenue and University of Louisville Hospital President Jim Taylor requested the Mayor’s Mile markers on Jackson Street “to encourage his staff, patients, visitors and nearby workers to make walking part of every day.”
Mayor’s Miles are currently planned for the Hancock Street Corridor as part of the development of Liberty Green and for both Wellington and Rangeland Schools, which have been designated as magnet schools for fitness.
The Louisville Water Company is sponsoring the design and production of the Mayor’s Miles markers.
The Healthy Hometown Pedestrian Summit and Community Walkability Plan were developed and facilitated by Toole Design Group of Hyattsville, Maryland and its local partner, Gresham Smith & Partners, and was made possible by a grant from KIPDA, the metropolitan planning organization.
To see the complete Community Walkability Plan as well as learn more about how to request a Mayor’s Mile, go to www.stepuplouisville.com.