Making local communities more pedestrian friendly for senior citizens will be the focus of a series of three half-day workshops scheduled during the month of October.
The Walkable Communities Workshops, conducted by the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO) in partnership with Jewish Family Services, are an interactive way to engage elected officials, citizens, and professionals in the fields of planning, engineering, law enforcement, public health, and education. These workshops provide participants with information on how to turn their communities into pedestrian-friendly places for senior citizens.
The Walkable Community Workshop program concentrates on identifying real-world problems and hands-on solutions for each community. During the three-hour workshop, transportation planners will deliver a presentation on the elements of a walkable community and solutions to common issues. They then lead participants on an interpretive walking tour of a pre-determined study area. The tour leaders emphasize seeing the community from the perspective of an elderly pedestrian.
Participants then gather in small breakout groups to identify specific measures to improve conditions for seniors. The workshop closes with presentations from the breakout groups and discussions to reach consensus on priority action items to create more walkable environments.
The workshops are free. The public is invited to participate, but seats are limited. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Randi Novakoff at (302) 737-6205 ext. 111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.