HEALTH & WELLNESS
FOR HEALTHY LIVING
WALKING & MOBILITY – Y WALK WEDNESDAYS 2023
A series of free, guided evening walks featuring downtown history, walking and health, architecture, natural areas and new development in Wilkes-Barre. All walks begin promptly at 6:00 pm leaving from the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA lobby, 40 West Northampton St. WB. Walks are approximately 90 minutes long and lead by volunteer leaders. Registration not required. For more information, call Michele Schasberger at 570-970-5040.
In case of heavy rain or extreme heat (over 95F) the walk will be postponed until the following evening. If it is raining or hot that evening then the walk is canceled and will not be rescheduled. For more information about whether a walk will take place, call the YMCA, 570-823-2191.
June 7 Millionaires and Mansions. An architectural and social history stroll past some of 19th and early 20th century homes of Wilkes-Barre’s leading families. Visit Wilkes-Barre’s oldest house, and learn about its restoration. Walk Leader: Tony Brooks, Wilkes-Barre Preservation Society.
June 14 LCTA Walk to their Future Facility: Join the Luzerne County Transportation Authority in a walk to the former Murray Complex to learn about LCTA’s new facility HQ as it is under construction and learn about next steps with the agency. Walk Leader: Robert Fiume, Luzerne County Transportation Authority Executive Director
June 21 Tour the Luzerne County Courthouse. Tour the Luzerne County Courthouse, a newly restored neoclassical gem from Luzerne County’s coal baron period. Walk Leader: The Honorable Richard M. Hughes, III, Judge
June 28 Keeping the Susquehanna Out of Our Living Rooms. Emergency management agencies work together to plan and keep the Valley safe from flooding. Tour the Levee System, pump stations, and portals downtown and learn about related public safety efforts. Walk Leader: Laura Holbrook, Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority
July 12 Wilkes-Barre Heights & New Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Walk over the historic South Street bridge, through the Heights neighborhood to the Luzerne County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau in the newly restored landmark CNJ train station. Walk Leaders: Michele Schasberger, YMCA and Alan Stout, Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
July 19 Murals and Public Art Downtown. From mid-century modern sculpture on Public Square to murals completed this year, Wilkes-Barre’s downtown is full of public art. Tour and learn about past and recent works of art. Walk Leader: Shelby Monk, Diamond City Partnership.
July 26 Walking Your Way to a Healthier You. Learn about the ways that walking can improve your physical and mental health, and develop a healthy walking plan, while following the City’s new Walkitecture Route. Walk Leader: Audrey Urban, Member, National Health Corps
August 2 What’s New Downtown. Downtown Wilkes-Barre is resilient and adapting and meeting the challenges of today. Join Larry Newman, the executive director of the Diamond City Partnership, Downtown Wilkes-Barre’s development organization to learn more about new developments.
August 9 Journey Through Kings College. Wander through Kings’ campus and surroundings and discover the history of the buildings and plans for new facilities and functions. Walk Leader: Michelle Landon, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Kings College
August 16 Walk through Wilkes University. Visit the historic buildings and new structures and landscapes of the Wilkes campus and learn about Wilkes programs and plans for the future. Walk Leader: Mike Woods, Wilkes University
August 23 A Walk on the Wild Side: The Kirby Park Natural Area. Explore the natural wonders of the park’s riparian forest, and the important role it plays as part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This walk is about 2 hours long- bring shoes that can get muddy. Walk Leader: Vinnie Cotrone, Riverfront Parks Committee.
This project was funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant