Nobody walks in LA–or so the saying goes. While that notion may ring true here in Long Beach as well, a local group is trying to change that. Walk Long Beach is a local organization that seeks to increase the walkability and livability of Long Beach neighborhoods through exploration on foot and is funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention through YMCA’s Pioneering Healthy Communities Project (PHC) as a partnership between the YMCA of Greater Long Beach and local non-profit urban design studio City Fabrick. Since forming in 2009, the organization has grown to include many more partners including Long Beach’s Health and Human Services Department.
In addition to conducting pedestrian workshops throughout the city, Walk Long Beach arranges organized walks on the Second Wednesday of every month. These casual group strolls, dubbed ‘Wednesday Walks,’ take pedestrians on various walking loops around the city that focus on a myriad of topics such as history, architecture, culture and nature. In addition to direct health and environmental benefits, establishing and encouraging dedicated walking paths increases community contacts and interactions, reinforces vibrant business corridors and make streets and parks safer due to increased activity.
Tomorrow will be the group’s second official Wednesday Walks: All Saints. Meet the group at 5:30pm at the corner of 6th Street and Alamitos Avenue (the corner in front of the Museum of Latin America Art) to explore this great neighborhood on foot, seeing historic churches, multiple arts institutions, St Mary’s Hospital Campus and rich diversity of architectural styles