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It’s a walk in the park

Starting a new fitness routine can be intimidating, that’s why we’re recommending that you start this one step at a time – literally. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recently released a video encouraging people to walk more.

According to the NRPA, one-third of the adults in the United States are overweight, and less than 50 percent of adults get their needed amount of recommended weekly exercise.  Walking just 30 minutes each day has long-term benefits. It can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, depression and some cancers and can lower blood pressure and sugar levels.

So let’s get started. Seattle Parks and Recreation has 120 miles of developed and semi-developed trails scattered through beautiful forests, beaches and meadows. Take a look at the list here and pick a walk for yourself this weekend. If you want something more urban, do some laps at Green Lake Park or Maple Leaf Reservoir Park or walk along the water at Lake Union.

With 400+ parks in our area, there’s no reason not to get moving! Grab your tennis shoes and get healthier.

Park Board to hold hearing on Cheasty Mountain Bike/Pedestrian Trail Project on April 9

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the Cheasty Mountain Bike/Pedestrian Trail Pilot Project at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9, 2015, at Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S.

About the Pilot Project: The Board of Park Commissioners discussed and deliberated on the Friends of Cheasty Greenspace at Mountain View’s mountain bike/pedestrian trail proposal at public meetings in November 2013 and January 2014. The final recommendation to the Parks Superintendent was that Seattle Parks should initiate a pilot project to allow mountain bike trails to be built in the Cheasty Greenspace, in conjunction with restoration and foot trails. Seattle Parks and Recreation recently completed a five-month public Project Advisory Team (PAT) process for the Cheasty Mountain Bike/Pedestrian Trail Pilot Project.

Based on information and input from the five PAT meetings, a public outreach meeting, two site tours and input from a Landscape Architect, Geotechnical Engineer and Environmental Consultant, in addition to the significant public comment and input throughout the process, Parks is returning to the Park Board with the PAT recommendations for a pilot project.  This includes evaluation criteria for the pilot.  For more information on the PAT process and the PAT recommendations, please visit the project website at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/cheasty/gs_bike_trail.htm.

Those who want to give input, but are not able to come to the meeting can give written comments, which bear equal weight to verbal comments. Please email comments to rachel.acosta@seattle.gov.

Cheasty Greenspace is located in southeast Seattle at Cheasty Blvd. S and S Della St.

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a nine-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Four members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; four members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is a young adult appointed by the YMCA Get Engaged Program (http://www.leadershiptomorrowseattle.org/YMCA.asp). Current members are Antoinette Angulo, Chair Tom Tierney, Bob Edmiston, Diana Kincaid, Brice Maryman, Lydia Albert, Yazmin Mehdi and Barbara Wright.

The Board generally meets twice a month, normally on the second and fourth Thursday, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters. For more information, please call Rachel Acosta at 206-684-5066 or email her at Rachel.Acosta@Seattle.gov.