The Downtown Springfield association has received a “Community Change Micro Grant” from America Walks and will us it to work with the city and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to promote walking in the downtown area.
The groups will place signs throughout the downtown area to encourage visitors to explore the city by walking. Signs will provide estimated times to walk to various downtown destinations.
“The authentic character of our historic buildings and the concentration of 60 restaurants, 20 pubs and clubs, two dozen retailers, 16 movie screens and 5 live theatre venues have created a very walkable and enjoyable experience for our residents, workers and guests,” Rusty Worley, executive director of the Downtown Springfield Association, said in a statement. “We are excited to partner with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Public Works and City of Springfield Public Information Office on this new program to encourage everyone to explore our great public spaces and local businesses. DSA is grateful for America Walks’ recognition of Center City’s progress and its support for enhancing walkability.”
The Community Change grant is aimed to fund efforts to promote local efforts to create “safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk.” The grants have been given out since 2015.
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department say that just 30 minutes of walking three times a week has been proven to burn calories, lower blood sugar, improve immunity, and increase life span.