Love Exploring Philly’s Parks? Meet Your New Favorite Workout Group

These new walking groups aim to get folks into Philly's parks AND get 'em movin'.

If you’ve been looking for more ways to celebrate the walkability of Philly, off the beaten path of your normal errand routes, look no further: The Fairmount Park Conservancy has teamed up with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Philly Powered, and the Health Promotion Council to launch a free walking-group initiative dubbed We Walk PHL. And it kicks off next week, Tuesday, June 13th!

We Walk PHL groups will meet for hour-long walking sessions three times a week at three parks across the city: in East Fairmount Park at the Mander Recreation Center, at the Boathouse at FDR Park, and at the Rec Center in Hunting Park, led by volunteer walking group leaders. There’s no need to sign up in advance for these all-levels-welcome walks; simply show up at the designated spot and time with your walkin’ shoes. The idea of the group threefold: To promote positive health outcomes, utilize Philly’s awesome parks, and help people get a sweat session in while also meeting some of their neighbors.

The times for the walking groups are as follows: the East Fairmount Park Group will meet on Tuesdays at 6 p.m., Wednesdays at 9 a.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m.; the FDR Park group will meet on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m., Thursdays at 6 or 6:30 p.m. (the first walk of the the season will start at 6 p.m., then they’ll nail down the official start time based on the group’s preference), the Hunting Park group will meet on Tuesdays at 8:30 or 9 a.m. (again, they’ll nail down the time as the season goes, but the first walk will be 8:30 a.m.), Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. You can stay totally up-to-date on all three We Walk PHL groups on their Facebook page.

If this pilot program is successful, the idea to is to expand the walking groups to more Philly parks next year (yes, please!). So get on out there, folks! Find the group most convenient for you and reap the benefits of time spent in nature — just don’t forget the SPF!

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