Posted: Aug 21, 2012 at 6:08 PM [Aug 21, 2012]
Unable to travel all the way to Mackinac for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk this year? The City Of Ypsilanti is offering all community members a chance to participate in a Labor Day Community Walk right in their own backyard.
The City Of Ypsilanti Parks & Recreation Commission is organizing a local bridge walk on Labor Day, Monday, September 3, at Library Plaza Park, 229 West Michigan Avenue (next to the Library) at 9am as part of the Labor Day Community Walks that are held throughout the state in conjunction with the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk. For more than fifty years Michigan residents have gathered in St. Ignace for the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk. However, not all Michigan residents are able to attend the Bridge Walk. Ypsilanti hopes to give more Michiganders an opportunity to participate in this walking tradition by encouraging residents to participate in their local community walk.
The Ypsilanti Labor Day Bridge Walk will be one mile in length crossing over the Huron River using City bridges, including the Riverside Park “tridge” (three-way pedestrian bridge). There will also be an additional one mile option taking in the Water Street non-motorized trail.
Ypsilanti is one of several Michigan communities holding a Labor Day walk, according to Bob Krzewinski, member of the City of Ypsilanti Parks and Recreation Commission. Officials believe the walk will be an important step toward helping its citizens lead healthier, more physically active lives. “In addition to increasing physical activity and overall health among residents, there are many other advantages to hosting active community events,” explains Marilyn Lieber, president and CEO of the Michigan Fitness Foundation. “Active communities also gain economic and environmental benefits along with enhanced community connections.” A physically active Michigan means a healthier Michigan. Take advantage of the wonderful opportunities to enjoy Michigan’s beautiful parks, trails and lakes while hiking, biking and swimming your way to fitness and health.
For more information please visit www.michiganfitness.org or call 734-487-9058.