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Welch welcomes Mayor to Jefferson Memorial Forest for his First Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike

Friday October 7, 2011

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
COntact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

As the fall colors slowly begin to change, the Jefferson Memorial Forest is once again gearing up for an event that is not only healthy but fun for one and all. Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) will be on hand Saturday, October 15th to welcome Mayor Greg Fischer for his 1st and the 7th Annual Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike.

“This is a great event for the forest, and I am happy that the Mayor is keeping up this tradition,” says Welch. “He and I share the same goal of encouraging more people to become active and stay healthy. Autumn color in the Jefferson Memorial Forest is a great backdrop to get people motivated.”

The Hike will run from 10:00am to 2:00pm on October 15th in the Horine Section of the forest located at 12304 Holsclaw Hill Road. It features a wide range of activities from walking trails to hay rides and pumpkin carving.

Volunteers and Forest staff will be on hand to lead hikers through trails both simple and rugged depending on walking skills. There will be opportunities to learn about the natural plant and wildlife that can be found in the Forest.

“Many of us are more determined than ever to focus on healthier lifestyles for our citizens”, says Welch. “Metro Parks has done a great job of getting the forest ready for the hike this year,” says Welch. “The Jefferson Memorial Forest is a very special place for many people, and we are looking forward to welcoming those who have never been here before.”

Welch and her staff will be on hand in a booth along with many other organizations representing hiking and nature groups. Children will get a chance to see a new nature exploration area, and there will be pumpkin decorating activities.

If you are up to the challenge, you may try climbing the Alpine Tower used throughout the year for team-building exercises.

“Come join us. There’s no better way to spend a Saturday in October,” says Welch.

For more information about Mayor’s Health Hometown Hike, including walking tips and directions as well as other information go to:

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