A new outdoor community walking program, Just Walk Hamilton-Burlington, has launched with the help of the City’s Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund.
Led by local health-care professionals, the program will host 12 walks in Burlington between February and September. With this program, Burlington joins communities across Canada affiliated with the global Walk with a Doc organization.
“Walk with a Doc is honoured to team up with the City of Burlington and Burlington healthcare professionals to provide regular opportunities for community members to get together and, well, just walk! There is no simpler, more beneficial activity than walking when it comes to maintaining or improving physical fitness and mental well-being.” – Dr. David Sabgir, founder of Walk with a Doc
The first free, fun and supervised walk of this year will be on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 9 a.m. with Physiotherapist Jake Tumber at City View Park, 2500 Kerns Rd.
Tumber and the Just Walk team will meet participants at the north parking lot near the soccer fields at City View Park. The walk will start off with a short educational talk on “Walking Mindfulness,” followed by a guided walk at your own pace. Each walk is open to all abilities and pre-registration is not required.
To learn more about Just Walk: Hamilton-Burlington and join the Just Walk email list for upcoming walk dates and locations, visit justwalk-hb.weebly.com.
The fund provides up to $10,000 to support projects led by neighbourhood and community groups. In 2018, $20,636 has been awarded to support community projects.
Approved projects receive up to 50 per cent of the funding for the project from the city. The neighbourhood groups then match this funding with an equal value through any combination of volunteer hours, donated services, donated materials and supplies or other funds raised.
“The Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund is intended to be used by groups to improve and build community bonds, create a greater sense of belonging and foster well-being and community pride. Walk with a Doc is a great example of what we are hoping to achieve by offering this funding and support.” – Chris Glenn, Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Burlington