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Y Walk Wednesdays

Y Walk Wednesdays            Most Wednesdays throughout the summer!  Sponsored by Highmark

Y Walk Wednesdays: Keystone Active Zone (KAZ) Passport Stop #25.  A series of free, guided evening walks featuring downtown neighborhoods, history, architecture, wildlife and new development in Wilkes-Barre. All walks begin promptly at 6:00 pm leaving from the YMCA lobby.  Walks are approximately 90 minutes long and lead by volunteer leaders.  Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water.

In case of rain or extreme heat the walk will be postponed until the same time the following evening.  If raining or hot the following evening then the walk is cancelled and will not be rescheduled. The KAZ Passport Scavenger hunt question and answer will be provided on each walk. For information call the YMCA, 570-823-2191

Note: Thursday June 23            Keeping the Susquehanna Out of Our Living Rooms. Our local Wyoming Valley Flood Protection levee system works hard to keep the Susquehanna’s waters where they belong: in the river. Explore the inner and outer workings; discover the system’s secrets on the Agnes Flood of 1972‘s anniversary. Walk Leader: Chris Belleman: Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority

June 29            A Journey Through Kings College. Wander through Kings’ campus and surroundings and discover the history of the buildings and area. Learn how the transition of the campus and community are connected with the city’s ever-changing society and culture.  Walk Leader: Paul Zbiek, Kings College.

July 6               Beer, Peanuts and Coal.  Learn the reasons behind the architectural styles of downtown mansions along South Franklin and South River Streets and the social gossip of the families who had them built.  Walk Leader: Tony Brooks, Wilkes-Barre Preservation Society.

July 13             A Downtown D & L Photo Safari. While hunting for photogenic gems at the northern terminus of the D & L Trail, you will get the latest on the progress to connect the 165 mile route from Bucks County to Wilkes-Barre. Bring your camera! The best pics will be featured in social media posts and local media.  Walk Leader: Elissa Garafalo & Mike Burnside, D & L National Heritage Corridor.

July 20             A Sidewalk View to Building a More Walkable Downtown.  People use the word “Walkability” but what does the term really mean? Learn what is making our city’s streetscapes safer, more efficient and more usable for all.  Walk Leader: Larry Newman, Diamond City Partnership.

July 27             Native, Alien & Medicinal Plants of the Kirby Natural Area.  Learn from folklore, history and science the benefits, drawbacks, unique uses and special powers of the many plants that call Kirby Park’s wild, riparian woodland home.  Walk Leader: Ken Klemow, Wilkes University.

Aug. 3              Walking Your Way to a Healthier You.  Learn more about the many ways that regular activity like walking can improve your physical and mental health as well as decrease your risk for a variety of conditions including cancer, diabetes and obesity. Walk Leader: Pam Gurtis, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Aug. 10            Explore the Wonders of the Y.  Discover the beautiful architecture and the wide menu of amenities as you wander through its 6 floors of fitness, classrooms, a playground, pool and apartments. Be prepared to walk from the tower to the basement; we won’t be using the elevators. Walk Leader: Kaitlyn Dunbar, YMCA.

Aug. 17            America’s First Park: River Common.  Learn the real history of America’s first public park; from frontier forts and wars to floods and presidential visits and the recent rebirth of the new River Common. Walk Leader: Scott Spinucci, AppleCart Media & Marketing.