Fairfield’s Let’s Go Hiking showcases parks

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Fairfield’s Let’s Go Hiking showcases parks

How to go

What: Let’s Go Hiking program

When: 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 21

Where: Waterworks Park, 5133 Groh Lane, Fairfield. Meet at the Joe Nuxhall Pavilion.

Guest speaker: Ann Colaco, fitness and wellness programmer, City of Fairfield Parks & Recreation

Cost: The program is free, but advanced registration is recommended by calling (513) 867-5348. Dogs are welcome. (Hot chocolate will be provided.)

More info: www.fairfield-city.org or (513) 867-5348

Spending time outside at a local park, even during winter months, promotes an active, healthy lifestyle. On Sat., Jan. 21, Fairfield’s Let’s Go Hiking program will focus on health and wellness.

“This is a great activity for families and participants of all ages. It’s an opportunity to get out, take a short walk and see what your parks have to offer,” said Ann Colaco, fitness and wellness programmer, City of Fairfield Parks & Recreation.

The Saturday, Jan. 21, program will be held at Waterworks Park. Attendees should meet at the Joe Nuxhall Pavilion. Colaco will discuss “Health and Wellness.” She will talk about new winter session fitness classes as well as some of the popular existing fitness classes that are offered.

The “Let’s Go Hiking” program offered by the City of Fairfield Parks & Recreation provides participants of all ages with a fun, outdoor activity each month. At each event, there will be an introduction to the topic, a walk and a talk. Participants are encouraged to explore their interests and to ask questions. Guests will gain an appreciation for nature and the surrounding environment.

The program allows guests a chance to get out, experience our parks and get to know people that have the same interests. They can also pick up information about the various topics we discuss each month, Colaco said.

Programs are held on the third Saturday of every month. Participants will enjoy hearing from a guest speaker and partake in a guided hike through a local park. “Let’s Go Hiking” was started in September of 2015. (In April 2017, the program will be held on the fourth Saturday, due to the Easter holiday.)

David Sheldrick, marketing specialist, City of Fairfield Parks & Recreation said a group of regular participants continue to enjoy the program each month.

He said crowds can fluctuate, depending on the weather, but participants typically range from six to 18.

“A nice core audience comes out to enjoy the walks and talks,” Sheldrick said.

Past “Let’s Go Hiking” programs have been held primarily at Harbin Park, Huffman Park and Marsh Park. This year, the program has expanded to Waterworks Park as well as along the Miami-Erie Canal Bike Path.

Contact this contributing writer at gmwriteon@aol.com.

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