Thursday, October 07, 2010

Sixth Annual Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike

With a beautiful fall backdrop in the Jefferson Memorial Forest, Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) is encouraging everyone to get out and enjoy the scenery during the Mayor’s Sixth Annual Healthy Hometown Hike on Saturday, October 16th.

“This is a chance for family and friends to take a scenic hike which is not only good for you but offers an opportunity to enjoy the Jefferson Memorial Forest,” says Welch. “Events like these are the reason why Metro Louisville is seen as a leader around the country in healthy initiatives.”

The Mayor’s Sixth Annual Healthy Hometown Hike begins at 10:00am in the Horine Section of the Forest, 12304 Holsclaw Road. It will offer hiking with beginner, intermediate and advanced trails. Guides will also be available for those who wish to learn more about the Jefferson Memorial Forest. Children will have activities and a nature discovery program will be offered. There will also be hayrides.

Welch is a sponsor of this year’s event and will also have a booth on hand.

“This will be another chance to offer hikers and others access to metro government,” says Welch. “If there is an issue or concern you would like for me and my staff to know about, then let’s talk.”

Welch says the Healthy Hometown program is one of the reasons why Metro Louisville was recently awarded a $7.9 million federal stimulus grant to promote healthy programs and initiatives. The grant will create new initiatives for health and healthy life styles. Welch is a member of the grant steering committee.

“This will be a fun weekend in the Forest so I want to encourage everyone to take a break from your normal Saturday activities and come out and join us,” says Welch . “If you have never been to the Jefferson Memorial Forest, there is no better time to come out and enjoy it.”

For additional info about the Sixth Annual Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike, go to or call 502/ 368-5404.

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