Look for the EveryBody Walks Flag at the scheduled sites!
If it is raining, we will meet at Princeton Shopping Center to walk under cover. It’s a nice place to walk and you don’t have to skip your walking routine just because it’s raining!
September 20, 2016 and September 22, 2016: 10 a.m.
Petteranello Gardens Lake Path: Parking in the Community Park North lot on the corner of Rt 206 and Mountain Avenue. Trail around the lake is flat paved or packed terrain; rated as easy walking; easy parking, restrooms available.
September 27, 2016 and September 29, 2016: 10 a.m.
Mercer Meadows, Rosedale Park. Travel on Cold Soil to Blackwell Road. Drive to the intersection of Blackwell Road and Federal City Road and take a right onto Federal City Rd; follow Federal City Road until you see signs for Rosedale Park on the right; follow signs for “Lake Access”, parking in the large parking lot. Restrooms available.
October 4, 2016 and October 6, 2016 10 a.m.
D & R Greenway Meadows: Site of the Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Walk; Slight incline; rated easy with mowed grass, packed earth and pavement. Parking at Greenway Meadows athletic fields on Rosedale Road, 0.6 miles from Elm Road (the parking lot across Johnson Park School – there is a smaller parking lot closer to Rosedale but keep driving to the large parking lot with the playground). Restrooms available.
October 11, 2016 and October 13, 2016: 10 a.m.
Hunt House; Trail is rated easy and parking lot is near trail with plenty of space. A beautiful walk down will take you to Willow Pond. Take Coil Soil Road (go past Terhune Orchards) then turn right onto Blackwell Road; Hunt House will be on the right (197 Blacwell Road, Pennington, NJ). http://www.mercercountyparks.org/parks/mercer-meadows
October 18, 2016 and October 20, 2016: 10 a.m.
Princeton Battlefield State Park, Institute Woods: Take Mercer Street south towards Lawrenceville for 1.3 miles, and turn left into the Princeton Battlefield State Park. Park in the lot at the Thomas Clarke house, and walk up the tree-lined drive past the Clarke House to the trail leading into the woods. The Trolley Track Trail has easy, flat, packed earth with the occasional root or small rock to step over.
October 25, 2016 and October 27, 2016: 10 a.m.
Mercer Meadows, Blackwell Lot: Follow directions to Hunt House (directions above); staying on Blackwell road, travel 0.4 miles beyond the Hunt House and park on right side of road at the Blackwell Lot. Walk across Blackwell Road and follow signs for the Insect Walk. The trail is grassy/packed earth, flat, and rated easy. Bring your binoculars for some great birding!
November 1, 2016 and November 3, 2016: 10 a.m.
Kingston Lock Tow Path: Rated easy walking. Park in the lot on the Eno Terra side of Highway 27 (right hand side if you are going north) No restrooms available. We will take the walking path heading EAST along the canal (away from the tunnel side).
November 8, 2016 and November 10, 2016 10 a.m.
Mercer Meadows; Pole Farm: From Princeton, take Rt. 206 toward Lawrenceville; turn right onto Cold Soil just before the Lawrenceville Prep School. Drive to the corner of Keefe Road and Cold Soil parking lot; This walk is rated easy, bathrooms available.
Progression Physical Therapy and the Princeton Senior Resource Center are taking part in the Everybody Walk educational campaign to promote the health benefits of walking and to get people up and moving. Every Body Walk is a program which began in response to the Surgeon Generals Call to Action for increased walking and health benefits.
The program provides an opportunity to get out and walk safely for 30 minutes through various areas in your community including the Pettoranello Gardens, D&R Greenway, The Institute Woods, Princeton University, the Towpath, and Marquand Park Arboretum, Mercer Meadows, and other Princeton Open Spaces. All walks are accessible for canes and walking sticks, with some walks allowing for use of walkers or wheelchairs! We will move under cover to the Princeton Shopping Center if it rains!
Advantages of beginning a walking program for exercise:
- It doesn’t require a gym membership or fancy equipment – it’s totally free!
- It’s an easy place to start since most of us do it every day – there’s no learning curve!
- It has been shown to improve blood pressure, cholesterol, stress, and depression.
- It can help to promote weight loss and reduce your risk for other chronic diseases like heart disease and dementia.
- It is enjoyable and something you can do with others.
- It is a safe and generally risk-free form of physical activity.
- It is a form of exercise that is easy to keep up – there are lots of places you can do it! If you’re not used to being active, you can start with 10 minutes of walking each day and build as your fitness improves.Additional Resources:
- Why walk? Why not? Find out more from the Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention
- Mall Walking: A Program Resource Guide The Mall Walking Guide provides information about the health benefits of walking, explains why mall walking programs can help people walk more, and provides practical strategies for starting and maintaining walking programs
- Get more information and resources on walking and walkable communities: