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Walkability - Coalition submits suggestions on approving walking areas in Estherville

May 22, 2012
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

Emmet County Public Health personnel presented the results of their recent 'walkability study' and submitted suggestions to improve walking areas within Estherville.

The study was put together by the Emmet county Wellness Coalition to determine what barriers may exist to walking in Estherville.

After studying four areas, Emmet County Public Health Director Kathy Preston presented these suggestions to council. She prefaced her list by saying they are viewed as long-term goals.

n a safe way for kids to cross to Thoreson Park, either on foot or bike.

n access for wheelchairs/scooters at Thoreson Park.

n When feasible or when sidewalk would become in disrepair, address the slant issue for easier walking ability on West North First Street

n complete sidewalks on Third Avenue South near Demoney Elementary, the Regional Wellness Center and Green Acres, connecting with existing sidewalks.

n Ensure a safe crossing on Third avenue South

n In crease sidwalks in area around the hospital and Lincoln Park

n Make improvements to existing sidewalks for fall prevention

n Review/revise sidewalk areas for walking accessibility.

While the council referred most of the data to the city streets and alleys committee, city administrator Penny Clayton said plans to improve some areas will begin this summer.

"There are plans for Third Avenue South this summer," she said, adding that monies have been set aside this fiscal year and the upcoming fiscal year to install sidewalk from Demoney Elementary to the shopping center.

She also said that one-fifth of all city sidewalks are examined each year as city officials look for tripping hazards and sidewalk in need of repair or replacement.



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