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Wednesday Walk Series to Highlight Downtown Parking

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Syracuse, NY – The Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. is partnering with SUNY Oswego Metro Center and several other health-conscious community organizations to present two incentives encouraging neighbors to lace up their sneakers and take a walk throughout Downtown as part of the lunchtime Wednesday Walk Series. The theme for this afternoon’s walk – a guided tour, which steps off from the Jerry Rescue Monument in Clinton Square at 12:00 pm – is concentrated on Downtown Parking. The first 30 participants to sign in at the Information Booth will receive a free day of parking in the Trolley Lot in Downtown Syracuse. In addition, all participants will be entered into a free drawing to receive one month of free parking. 

Wednesday Walks are always free. They are open to all ages and abilities - to anyone who wants to participate. Participants are encouraged to check in at the Information Booth at the corner of Clinton and Water Streets (map) prior to the start of the 12:00 pm walk. Participants will receive coupons to various businesses, and may opt to sign-up to receive an email blast with details about upcoming Wednesday Walks.  

The first 30 participants to check in at the Information Booth this afternoon will receive a free parking pass to park in the Trolley Lot behind the Museum of Science and Technology (map). The free parking pass is good for one business day/weekday, Monday through Friday (Parking in the Trolley Lot traditionally costs $5 from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Parking is free in the Trolley Lot after 5:00 pm during the week, and on the weekends.). Furthermore, all participants in this afternoon’s Wednesday Walk will also be entered into a free drawing to receive one month of free parking in either the Hotel Syracuse garage, located at 600 South Warren Street (map); the Smith Lot, located at 563 East Water Street (map); or the Trolley Lot (an estimated $40 to $60 value!) The winner may choose which of the three options makes the most sense according to their parking purposes and needs.

Participants are encouraged to check in at the Information Booth between 11:30 am and 11:50 am, to ensure the walk leaves on time. The guided tour, which will be led by Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. Economic Development Specialist Bethany Holbrook will highlight six Downtown parking garages and lots, and provide with tips they can use to stay alert in any public place. The guided tour will last no longer than 45-minutes, weaving a path through Clinton Square, Armory Square, the Heart of Downtown and Hanover Square neighborhoods. 

Wednesday Walks step off every other Wednesday through October 14. All walks are guided tours, led by Downtown community leaders and fitness experts, depart from Clinton Square at 12:00 pm. Each 45-minute walk highlights a different theme related to progress and development throughout the Downtown community, while also encouraging fitness.  

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

“More than 27,000 people come to work in Downtown Syracuse every day,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee. “We are excited to work with SUNY Oswego Metro Center and other health-driven organizations to encourage downtown employees to get a few steps in, enjoy the sunshine and experience the vibrancy Downtown Syracuse has to offer.”

“We welcome anyone who wants to join us,” said Dr. Kimberly Armani, director of the SUNY Oswego Metro Center, and Wednesday Walks organizer. “It’s an opportunity to discover new things about Downtown Syracuse, exercise and meet new people.”

If you can’t join the movement today, there are still four other opportunities to participate this season. 

Wednesday Walk Schedule for Remainder of Season:

September 2                                        Theme: Meeting Spaces

September 16                                      Theme: Architecture

September 30                                      Theme: Meeting Spaces

October 14                                          Theme: Fitness in the City


Wednesday Walks is a collaborative effort presented by the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc., SUNY Oswego Metro Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension Onondaga County, The American Heart Association, The City of Syracuse Department of Parks and Recreation, Onondaga County Civic Department Corporation, Metro Fitness Club and the YMCA. 

Please visit this website for more information about Wednesday Walks. 

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