BY: Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice
Y Walk Wednesdays, a series of free, guided, early evening walks on Wednesdays throughout the summer featuring downtown neighborhoods, history, walking and health, architecture, wildlife, nature and new development in Wilkes-Barre, will begin June 7 in downtown Wilkes-Barre.
The walks are coordinated by the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA and sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Wilkes-Barre City Health Department in an effort to encourage area residents to get active outdoors over the summer months.
All walks begin at 6 p.m. and leave from the lobby of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, South Franklin and West Northampton streets.
Walks are approximately 90 minutes and are led by volunteer leaders.
Wear comfortable shoes and bring water.
In the case of rain or extreme heat, the walk is postponed until the same time the following evening.
For information on Y Walk Wednesdays, call the YMCA at 570-823-2191, visit www.wbymca.org or visit the Y’s Facebook page.
• June 7 — Millionaires and Mansions, an architectural and social history stroll past some 19th and early 20th century homes of several of Wilkes-Barre’s leading families. Walk leader, Tony Brooks, Wilkes-Barre Preservation Society.
• June 14 — Native, alien and medicinal plants of the Kirby Natural Area. Walk leader, Ken Klemow, Wilkes University.
• June 21 — Keeping the Susquehanna Out of Our Living Rooms, explore the inner and outer workings of the Wyoming Valley Flood Protection levee system. This walk coincides with the anniversary of the Agnes Flood in the Wyoming Valley which occurred on June 23, 1972. Walk leader, Chris Belleman, Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority.
• June 28 — A Sidewalk View to Building a More Walkable Downtown. This walk explores efforts to make city streetscapes safer, more efficient and more usable. Walk leader, Larry Newman, Diamond City Partnership.
• July 12 — A Walk on the Wild Side: The Kirby Park Natural Area. This walk explores the park’s riparian forest, wildlife, history and the role the park plays in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Walk leader, Vinnie Cotrone, Penn State Cooperative Extension.
• July 19 — Tour of the Luzerne County Courthouse. Walk leader, Richard M. Hughes III, president judge, Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas.
• July 26 — Walking Your Way to a Healthier You. Walk leader, Pam Gurtis, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
• Aug. 2 — A Journey Through King’s College. Walk leader, Paul Zbiek, King’s College.
• Aug. 9 — A D&L Heritage Corridor photo safari. Walk leaders, Lauren Golden and Mike Burnside, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.
• Aug. 16 — Walking and Judaism in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. This walk visits local synagogues, closed and open. Walk leader, Rabbi Roger Lerner, Temple B’nai B’rith.