Opportunities for Walkability in Small Rural Towns
The Mayor of Elmer, Joseph Stemberger, was honored to be invited to participate and speak about the challenges of walkability in our small rural town for the July 11, 2018 America Walks webinar titled ‘Opportunities for Walkability in Rural Communities and Small Towns’. Here is the link to the webinar (his presentation is last, starting at about 40 minutes in): http://americawalks.org/opportunities-for-walkability-in-rural-communities-and-small-towns-july-11-2018-webinar/
The America Walks philosophy is that communities of all shapes and sizes have the potential to be walkable communities. The July webinar focuses on the inspiring work being done across the United States to promote physical activity and improve walkability in small towns and rural communities, and explores some of that work and the trends of walkability in rural communities. In the webinar the Mayor outlines some of the challenges our town faces for walkability, especially with regard to the ageing sidewalk infrastructure for our ‘urban trail’ of sidewalks. He also describes the opportunity available through the Healthy Communities Grant to develop a handicap accessible park walking path that will connect to a rural unpaved nature trail. We are excited to be able to provide area residents with access to different types of walking facilities. There is a wealth of information and links to resources connected to each webinar as well as on the America Walks web site so make sure to check the site out!
About the Grantee
Elmer is a small town in rural Salem County. Incorporated in 1893, it has historically served as a hub of activity for the surrounding farm community. It has a hospital, churches, banks, restaurants, a library, grocery, drug store, dollar store, gift & flower shops, medical & dental services, accountants & lawyers, salons, gas stations, & a lumber yard all packed into one square mile.