Delco Launches WalkWorks

Delaware County Council announces three new walking paths for residents


Delaware County Council and the Delaware County Department of Intercommunity Health announced WalkWorks at the Yeadon Community Park on Oct. 4.

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 residents in Delaware County.

"We know there are many benefits of both physical activity and also being outdoors. WalkWorks will offer our residents a chance to do both," said Delaware County Councilman Dave White. "Residents can participate in group walks and gain the support and motivation from others while enjoying scenic and historic focal points along the paths."

In November 2016, staff from the Delaware County Planning Department conducted "walkability assessments" on recommended routes. Three routes have been developed so far, one in the Rose Tree Media School District and two in the William Penn School District. Each route will be one to two miles in length and include points of interest along the way to educate walkers. Several signs have been placed along the route to guide walkers.

In addition to increasing physical activity, WalkWorks was also established to encourage local and regional planning efforts for walking and biking paths and to encourage improvements on existing transportation networks which will allow residents to safely walk and bike in their communities.

Research shows walking aids your body in several ways:

  • Burns body fat.
  • Raises metabolism.
  • Promotes restful sleep.
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Increases your energy.
  • Helps control your appetite.
  • Improves self esteem
  • Reduces depression.
  • Slows aging.

Several agencies are planning to establish regular walking groups to take advantage of the routes. We encourage our residents to spread the word and form their own walking groups as well.


Sign up for a Walking Group
(Email forms to DelcoICH@co.delaware.pa.us)

Track your steps and progress by signing up for the walker tracker!


Maps of the routes can be found:

Map of Media Walk
http://www.health.pa.gov/walkworks/locations/PublishingImages/Image%20Maps_2016/Card-Inserts-DELCO_MediaBoro_032417.pdf

Map of Lansdowne Walk
http://www.health.pa.gov/walkworks/locations/PublishingImages/Image%20Maps_2016/Card-Inserts-DELCO_LansdowneCenter_032417.pdf

Map of Yeadon/Lansdowne
http://www.health.pa.gov/walkworks/locations/PublishingImages/Image%20Maps_2016/Card-Inserts-DELCO_LansdowneSouth_032417.pdf