FOREST CITY | With assistance from Healthy Hometown powered by Wellmark, Forest City will conduct a walking audit from 2-5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13. The walking audit will offer community members and the Healthy Hometown team an opportunity to walk a designated route and identify areas to make walking safer by assessing current walking and biking conditions in Forest city. In case of rain or inclement weather, the walking audit will be moved to 2 p. m. on Friday, Nov. 17.

The goal of the walk is to identify barriers and challenges to residents as they walk the community and provide community stakeholders with information needed to analyze the design and condition of the walking and biking routes in Forest City. When complete, the walking audit will give community leaders an informational report with solutions to develop projects for: 

- optimal walking and bicycling routes to school 

- target areas where changes are needed 

- identify physical and policy solutions to improve the walking and bicycling environment.

Register to participate by calling 641-585-1160 or email Norma at At 2 p.m., participants will meet at the Cooper Building, 145 South Clark Street.

After an introductory meeting, the attendees will walk as a group along J Street to Pammel Park and return to do a circle around the downtown area. The actual walk will take approximately 1 1/2 hours to complete.

At the completion of the walk, there will be a short wrap-up meeting at the Cooper Building to gather information from the participants.

“We are excited to have the expertise from Healthy Hometown’s Jim Cushing to assist us in conducting this audit,” said Norma Hertzer, Grow Forest City. “The results of the audit will provide needed support information for future street and trail development for Forest City.”

The walking audit is sponsored by Healthy Hometown Powered by Wellmark.