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Wednesday Walk Returns for Second Season, Presenting Informational, Guided Walking Tours Throughout Downtown Syracuse

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Wed Walk Logo2Syracuse, NY – Wednesday Walk, presented by the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc., SUNY Oswego Metro Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County, the American Heart Association and several other health-conscious community organizations, has returned for a second season. The guided, informational lunchtime strolls throughout Downtown Syracuse kicked off Wednesday, June 1 at 12:00pm, from the Jerry Rescue Monument located in Clinton Square in Downtown Syracuse (map), and continue every other week through October 19. 

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This season, a total of 13 walks are planned. Six walks, including the first walk of the season, step off at Noon from Clinton Square, and last for 40 to 45 minutes. New this year, organizers are introducing seven 90-minute walks, beginning at 6:00 pm. Most of the evening walks will start and end at Clinton Square unless otherwise noted (*Please find a complete schedule listed here). All of the walks are designed to encourage exercise, while exploring the unique amenities that Downtown Syracuse has to offer. The walks are free guided tours, led by Downtown community leaders and fitness experts. Each walk is built around a different theme, teaching participants about Downtown Syracuse's architecture, art, parks, meeting and event spaces, history and more. 

The theme of Tuesday afternoon’s walk is centered upon architecture. Led by the Downtown Committee’s Economic Development and Marketing Specialist, Bethany Holbrook, participants will be encouraged to “Look Up” at the architectural features and details that they may not normally notice.

“The Wednesday Walk series provides a great platform for folks to explore downtown’s rich history, art, architecture and development,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee. “Whether you live, work, or are visiting Downtown Syracuse, it’s a great way to get a few steps in, soak up the sunshine and learn about the activity happening here in our city’s center.”

The Wednesday Walk Series was designed with downtown employees, residents and visitors in mind, but anyone is encouraged to participate.  

“The Wednesday Walk program is a great way for people to experience Downtown Syracuse,” said Joanie Mahoney, Onondaga County Executive. “People can get their exercise while also learning interesting things about the city and its surroundings. This year, with afternoon and evening walks, everyone has an opportunity to participate.”

Wednesday Walk is a collaborative effort presented by the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc., SUNY Oswego Metro Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County,  City of Syracuse Department of Neighborhood and Business Development, the American Heart Association, Onondaga County Civic Department Corporation, Metro Fitness Club, the Downtown YMCA, the Syracuse Rescue Mission, the Syracuse Crunch Hockey Club and Fleet Feet Sports.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the program may sign up for a weekly email newsletter detailing the routes. Please email the Downtown Committee at mail@downtownsyracuse.com for more information. For a complete schedule and more information, please click here

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