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Background 
On September 30, 2015 the "WalkABle Wetaskiwin" report was presented to City Council. This report was the culmination of several months of work, which began with a Wetaskiwin community workshop held in April of 2015 to identify key priorities and build strategies on how to achieve them. 

  • The idea of having a WalkABle Wetaskiwin got started in June 2014. 
  • WalkABle Alberta is a program provided by Alberta Health Services to support communities in being part of a national and international initiative that promotes creating opportunities for active living by improving the walkability of local communities. (Walkability is any form of active transportation, where people choose to walk, walk with kids, walk with dogs, bike, roller blade, walk with a walker, walk with a wheelchairs.) WalkABle Alberta is a way for communities to improve the health of their community members by reducing chronic disease and making physical activity the easy choice.
  • It became apparent that having a “WalkABle Wetaskiwin” designation was important to help recognize the great work already being done, build on this work and move forward. The next step was to host a “WalkABle Alberta” workshop.
  • A WalkABle Wetaskiwin planning committee was formed and met for several months to plan the workshop with Graham Matsalla, Alberta Health Services, Provincial Health Promotion Facilitator of Chronic Disease Prevention and Healthy Living Program who facilitates the WalkABle Alberta Program.
  • The WalkABle Wetaskiwin workshop was held on April 28th and April 29th 2015 hosted at By the Lake Park.

WalkABle Wetaskiwin kept active between the workshop and first committee meeting

  • Wetaskiwin Walkable Report was submitted, presented and accepted by Wetaskiwin Mayor and Council September 2015. 
  • Benches were put by the train tracks for those waiting for the trains.
  • The WalkABle report continues to be used as a reference document by the City of Wetaskiwin Engineering Department as it moves forward with other infrastructure projects.
  • Walk with the Mayor event – September 19, 2015.
  • International Charter for walking was signed by Mayor and Council.
  • Winter Walk Day was held on February 3, 2016.  Over 60 people attended.
  • Communications at City of Wetaskiwin has profiled all WalkABle events through social media. An interim WalkABle logo was developed.
  • Wetaskiwin Walkable Planning Committee met in March 2016 to organize the first Walkable Community Meeting March 2016.
  • Walkable has been profiled in the 2015 Community Report and “What is happening” in Wetaskiwin brochure.

WalkABle Wetaskiwin Committee

Held their first meeting on May 3rd 2016 and after reviewing/discussing the report recommendations identified 2 priority areas to move forward on.

  • Accessibility and Safety of Walking Trails
  • Build awareness and community capacity through developing an active lifestyle culture. 


Events & Activities

More information will be available soon. 

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