Parks, trails, and greenway systems are part of the built environment of communities. Built environments that encourage walking, biking, and hiking have multiple health benefits – they offer opportunities for physical activity, recreational time, and can boost mental health as well. Cooler temperatures and changing leaves mean central Indiana’s trails and greenways are at their best and now is the perfect time to take advantage of them.
h benefits – they offer opportunities for physical activity, recreational time, and can boost mental health as well. Cooler temperatures and changing leaves mean central Indiana’s trails and greenways are at their best and now is the perfect time to take advantage of them.
Central Indiana is home to many parks and trails, large and small. The Cultural Trail, the Monon Trail, the Fall Creek Trail, the Central Canal Toepath, Garfield Parkand Eagle Creek Park are just a handful of the dozens of parks and trails central Indiana has to offer. While central Indiana could always benefit from more, across Marion and its surrounding counties, there are beautiful and free or low-cost opportunities to explore Indiana’s outdoors. There are multiple resources for finding parks or trails near you in Marion, Shelby, Hancock, Hendricks, Hamilton, Boone, Madison, Morgan, or Johnson Counties.
Jump IN for Healthy Kids is happy to announce a new partnership with the Indy Parks Foundation, Indy Parks, and the Arts Council of Indianapolis: the Indianapolis Greenways Partnership. The program launched last weekend at the Fall Creek Trail and will provide creative programming to broader user engagement. The Partnership will host events throughout Indianapolis to encourage more people to hike, bike, walk, and engage with parks and trails throughout the city. Two events have been scheduled in this month:
On October 20 at 9:00, the Pogue’s Run Health Walk, an opportunity to walk with a local physician and learn about the health benefits of walking and hiking.
On October 20 at noon., the Partnership will host Art on the Greenways, an opportunity to explore nature and art all at once at Pogue’s Run.
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