"The main concept behind World Walk to Wellness is that we can change the walking culture in each community, affinity group by affinity group, at work, at school, and at play or recreation," said founder W. Ron Sutton.
Most of the walks are in local public parks, but from March through June, special two-hour walks will be offered focusing on public art and on nature. Walk Stars (guest leaders) Nancy and Gary Harrington will offer their popular art walks on the second Saturday of each month. Tomorrow, March 9, they will lead a tour of public sculptures and murals in the northern part of the downtown area.
All of the art walks will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the City Hall parking lot at 200 Old Bernal Ave. The walks are on level, paved pathways and sidewalks with frequent stops. Participants will receive brochures with a map and illustrations of the public art, plus information on how they may join the Harringtons in funding future public art projects. Several sculptures have been donated to the city by the Harringtons, and they have delightful stories to share about the artists and their work.
To see Pleasanton from new perspectives and learn about the flora and fauna in a fun way from an expert trail guide, join Walk Star Dolores Bengtson for monthly nature walks. The destination on Saturday, March 23, will be Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area on Stanley Boulevard, in time to see the birds nesting on the island rookery.
These walks, from 8:30-10:30, will include some unpaved trails. Although the walk is free, there is a $5 parking fee. For details about the other specific meeting places, contact Walks@WorldWalkToWellness.org.
"Our desired outcome is that more people will walk more often -- preferably daily -- in order to increase the measurable wellness in each community," Sutton said. "What we know for sure is that when we walk and talk together, the time and miles pass quickly -- not a chore, but a pleasure."
Sutton added that the weekly e-newsletter will also list other local walking opportunities. Sign up at Walks@WorldWalkToWellness.org.