Our local Projects

For Live Healthy Red Wing, our local projects are varied and diverse. That’s why we’ve created the Red Wing Report Card, led placemaking projects, and created positive change in our community. Due to these efforts, we work with schools, local government, businesses, and community organizations to have the biggest impact possible.

feature local projects: activate nature play!

LHRW has teamed up with the University of Minnesota to activate nature play! This local project relies on the people-power to drive the process. During two Oct. meetings, residents will meet for workshops. Then, residents will learn about the potential benefits of nature play and see some examples. Then, they’ll envision what Nature Play could look like on the East End, creating a design. Finally, this design will be used for a two-day showcase event on the East End next spring.


The workshops will take place at the Colvill Family Center on October 5th and 26th. Residents will be paid for their time, and free child care will be available. So, if you’re interested in participating or want to learn more, email LHRW today: ekaadalen@rwps.org.

Finally, check out our flyer and press release!

other current, local projects:

Charlson Crest Born Learning

Thanks to a partnership between United Way and Live Healthy, a new Born Learning Trail is opening September 18 at Charlson Crest Park! Ten signs will be added along the trail in both Spanish and English, so more people can have fun. Each sign includes a fun way to use your imagination or get active with your friends and family! In today's indoor world of screens, we need more of these types of local projects. Thank you for the funding United Way!

Walkable Community Workshop

We think that if everyone walked more often, then our community would be healthier, happier, and more connected. But, not all of us have equal access to safe walks. While downtown looks fantastic, other neighborhoods might need some help. Maybe, it's because of physical challenges, poor sidewalks, unsafe conditions, or a combination. So, we've teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Health for a special workshop on October 1st. Community leaders and members will learn about how to make Red Wing more walkable, and take a short walk through town to better understand challenges.

If This Bluff Could Talk...

Have you ever wanted to hear the complete He Mni Can/Barn Buff story? Native artist Marlena Myles was selected to lead the project. She will use community interviews, stories, history, and ecology to create her work. "This project will record and illustrate the stories of people in the community to highlight the differences and similarities that bring us together," said Myles.

Click below for more information.

Healthy Food for Kids

Live Healthy Red Wing is a partner in the Hunger Free Kids Network of Every Hand Joined. Together, we work on increasing the number of students eating healthy school breakfasts during the school year and improving the free Summer Lunch Program during the summer months.

Neighborhood Maps and Walks

Explore your city with our Neighborhood Walking Maps. Learn routes with secret spots along the way. Maps tell you how far the routes are and how long it takes at both a brisk and relaxed pace. Print one from the link below or find them at numerous businesses and facilities around town.

Bus Stop and Walk

Every Friday in fall and spring, all 1,000+ Red Wing students in grades K-7 who ride the school bus are dropped off early so they can walk the last 10 to 15 minutes to school with friends and teachers. Feedback from teachers, parents and administrators has been overwhelmingly positive!

Select past projects:

Bluff View Park Project

The new Bluff View Park is almost open! In the winter, Live Healthy led efforts to ask nearby residents how they would like the park changed. After some tough weather, good conversations, and important questions, we finally had ideas to share with the city. And they listened! Check out the final report below.

Red Wing 2040 2017-18

The project looks at where Red Wing is today, then finds out where we want to be in 2040. Finally, it plans how we're going to get there. The first step was creating the first Red Wing Report Card to understand our community better. Next we're listening to residents, especially those who are usually under-represented and absent from the decision-making table.

Latino Leadership Training 2016-18

Getting more voices around a community's decision-making tables is important for building a healthy, inclusive city. From 2016-2018 Live Healthy Red Wing has partnered with Hispanic Outreach to learn more about what it's like to be Latino living in Red Wing. After several surveys and leadership trainings, a new group of local leaders are taking action on local projects. Furthermore, two leaders received funding from LHRW for a physical activity events during 2018.

The surveys and programs were funded by a Center for Prevention at Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota grant.

Placemaking: Red Bike Project!

Placemaking brings residents together to dream up what a space could look and feel like before it's redesigned permanently. In addition, it brings more perspectives, thoughts, and ideas into the future of our public spaces.

During August 2018, the Red Bike Project was led by a group of ambitious young students. In addition, the pilot bikeshare program connected all Red Wingers to a fleet of red bicycles to use, free of charge. We were proud to sponsor and fund this important effort!

Placemaking: Reimagine Old West Main

We led every phase of another placemaking project during the summer of 2017. For two weeks, we redesigned the intersection of Old West Main and Jackson Streets. In fact, we added brighter walkways, a stop sign, and even painted hopscotch courts to the sidewalk. Most importantly though, over 300 residents added their perspectives to a final report that was sent to city council. Moreover, that report is influencing reconstruction plans.

Placemaking: Jordan Court

In 2016, LHRW spruced up Jordan Court for two days with a community art project, live music, a drum circle, history session, and a temporary extended crosswalk for more safety. Many people answered "What would YOU like to see in this space?" We took those answers to the City Planning Department, and many ideas will be incorporated into the 2019 redesign of Jordan Court.

Health, Equity and Excellence in All Policies 2016-18

Live Healthy Red Wing is working with the City of Red Wing to implement a Health, Equity and Excellence in All Policies framework into the way the City develops policies and rules. This way of reviewing and developing policies calls for listening to residents before and during policy development; understanding early on who benefits and who is burdened, and mitigating any negative or unintended consequences of a project or policy.

Memorial Park Renovation

Memorial Park is a 284-acre bluff-top park that's been transformed into a playground for all of Red Wing. Thanks to many partners with Live Healthy Red Wing, including the Red Wing Area Fund, City of Red Wing, Friends of the Bluffs, and hundreds of volunteers, people now flock here to walk, hike, mountain bike, snowshoe, cross country ski, have bonfires, bird watch, go geocaching, and picnic -- all with gorgeous views of the Mississippi River and our city. Trails weave through woods, prairies, and overlooks. Come visit!

Renovating Neighborhood Trails

LHRW tackled our almost-forgotten urban trails by upgrading the paths, adding signage, and getting the word out so locals and visitors can enjoy these natural retreats that lie right in our own neighborhoods. Today, almost 75% of Red Wing residents live within a 10 minute walk to a nature trail. Thanks to all the volunteers and partners who continue to make our trails beautiful.

His Kids Daycare Edible Garden

On the school district’s Day of Caring and Sharing 2012, LHRW, the His Kids Daycare staff, and a handful of dedicated high school students built three raised beds and a trellis garden for tomatoes, peas, squash, pumpkins, and flowers. Today the garden is growing strong. “Some of our children never knew where vegetables came from," says director Sheri Lidgerding. "Our garden continues to grow and gives our kids the chance to work together, see things grow, and taste the rewards. Green beans are a favorite!”

Peach Tree Daycare Edible Garden

LHRW teamed up with local high school students during the district’s Day of Caring and Sharing to build four raised beds on a neglected corner outside Peachtree Daycare’s entrance at the Y. Now that busy but protected corner at Main Street and Broad is filled with herbs, tomatoes, and other edibles. Thanks to Minnesota Extension for the first plants, and to the Peachtree staff for continuing the work with their students. The garden is beautiful year after year!