Move for Health Day promotes walking and new pedestrian corrido

The Vancouver Park Board invites the public to participate in this year’s Move for Health Day at a kick-off walking event at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre on May 10 at 1 p.m.

The Park Board and BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) will officially launch Move for Health Day with two guided walks—a shorter Art Walk around Yaletown and a longer Steam Line Historical Walk.

The Steam Line Historical Walk is the City’s newest pedestrian corridor. It starts at the steam engine outside the Roundhouse, passes through Yaletown and continues along a historic route to end near the Gastown Steam Clock. The route is wheelchair accessible and includes benches and historical points of interest.

Former Vancouver councilor Alan Herbert has been instrumental in developing the Steam Line Historical Walk to highlight one of the city’s greenways. Greenways in Vancouver are linear public corridors for pedestrians and cyclists that connect parks, nature reserves, cultural features, historic sites, neighbourhoods and retail areas.

Park Board Commissioner Loretta Woodcock, Vancouver Councillor Andrea Reimer and BCRPA CEO Suzanne Strutt will welcome walkers outside the Roundhouse (inside if it’s inclement). CTV news anchor Keri Adams will act as event emcee.

Move for Health Day supports the Park Board’s Active Communities Plan, which challenges residents to increase physical activity levels by 20 per cent. The Park Board has pledged to be with residents every step of the way to inspire and encourage notched-up activity levels through specific programs, independent and measured walks and by providing important links and portals to tools of the active trade.

A health fair, entertainment and refreshments will also be available in Yaletown Park at Mainland and Nelson Streets.

Move for Health Day encourages people to adopt physically active lifestyles as part of maintaining good health and well-being. It was launched as a global event by the World Health Organization in 2002 and is celebrated annually in British Columbia on May 10.


For more information contact Daria Wojnarski, Communications Coordinator, at 604-257-8440

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