Delaware County Council and the Delaware County Department of Intercommunity Health joined officials from Marcus Hook last week to announce its newest path in the WalkWorks program at Marcus Hook Memorial Park.
The University of Pittsburgh’s School of Public Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Health partnered with Delaware County Council and the Delaware County Department of Intercommunity Health to increase opportunities for physical activity in Delaware County through an initiative called WalkWorks.
By establishing community-based walking routes and forming sustainable walking groups, WalkWorks seeks to enhance and improve the health of county residents.
“Research shows that physical activity and being outdoors improves both physical health and mental health. WalkWorks offers our residents a chance to do both,” said Delaware County Councilman Kevin Madden. “The goal is to encourage and inspire residents to be healthier and participate in group walks and gain the support and motivation from others while enjoying the scenery and history along the paths.”
In November 2016, staff from the Delaware County Planning Department conducted “walkability assessments” on recommended routes. WalkWorks was established in 2017 with paths in Yeadon, Lansdowne, and Media. Each route is one to two miles in length and includes points of interest along the way to and educate walkers. Several signs have been placed along the routes to guide walkers.
Marcus Hook is the fourth WalkWorks location. The two-mile route begins at Marcus Hook Memorial Park on Market Street, passes the historic 18th-Century Plank House, the Mickey Vernon Statue, Viscose Village, and the Marcus Hook Municipal Building and Library, and then goes back down Market Street, looping back to Marcus Hook Memorial Park.