Friday, May 20, 2011


All these great events are still to come!

May 21 – Saturday, 9 a.m.
     A 10K walk through downtown Evansville and on the Pigeon Creek Greenway, sponsored by the River City Ramblers Walking Club. Gather at the Aztar Hotel lobby. The route will go along the greenway to Franklin Street, then back through downtown along SE First Street, onto the greenway at Waterworks Road and return to the hotel. Walkers will have an option of doing a 5K route.

May 21 – Saturday, 9:30 a.m.
     Fifth Wurst Bike Ride, at Burdette Park and through the Union Township bottomlands. This free, annual ride is for bicyclists of all ages and abilities, so bring your entire family and invite your friends and neighbors. Ride lengths range from 6 miles to 33 miles. Riders will be treated to a free lunch of bratwurst and hot dogs, served up by Park Director Steve Craig and his staff.

May 21 – Saturday, all day
     Citywide Neighborhood Walkability Surveys. Grab your camera, don your walking shoes and take an assessment of your neighborhood. Does it have sidewalks? Are the intersections safe for pedestrians to cross? Are there safe routes for your children to walk or ride their bicycles? How walkable is your neighborhood? To participate, get on the Internet and do a Google search for “Walkability Checklist,” a survey form developed Walkable America. Print out a copy, do the survey, take photos of any hazardous conditions you find, and then send the survey and photos to your neighborhood association president. United Neighborhoods of Evansville and the Evansville-area Trails Coalition will compile the findings into a report for city officials.  Share your results with us, on our Facebook page.

May 21 – Saturday, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
     Junior Naturalist Hike at Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve – A special hands-on exploration of Wesselman Woods for children and their parents. An Indiana Master Naturalist will guide hikers to encounter wildlife, wildflowers, fungi, and other seasonal natural phenomena available for viewing. Hikes will leave from the Nature Center lobby promptly at 10 a.m. Free.

May 22 – Sunday, 3 p.m.
     “Walk-It Day” 5K run/walk at Garvin Park and on the Pigeon Creek Greenway. Join the Greater Evansville Runners and Walkers Club in presenting the national Weight Watchers “Walk-It Challenge 2011,” promoting walking as a great way to get moving and burn calories. Event starts at the open shelter by the Garvin pool. Register on-line at Bring the family and walk for better health on newly built sections of the Greenway that you might not have seen yet.

May 22 – Sunday, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
     Wildlife in the City Paddle down Pigeon Creek. Join Wesselman Nature Society’s Canoe Evansville program for a guided canoe paddle down the heart of the city. See Evansville from a totally new perspective! All equipment provided. Minimum age is 7 years old. $15 per person. Pre-registration is required at (812) 479-0771, ext. 105.

May 22 – Sunday, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
     Birding Hike at Eagle Slough – Wild Birds Unlimited’s Tim Griffith will lead a birding hike through one of the region’s newest natural areas open to the public. Expect to see woodpeckers, waterfowl, warblers and a variety of other songbirds in this wetland forest. Families with children and birding novices are welcome. Meet at the Eagle Slough entrance on Waterworks Road, just north of Ellis Park.

And keep walking and rolling all year 'round, with the Evansville-Area Trails Coalition!

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