You might see more kids walking during your morning errands on Fridays. Starting September 28, Bus Stop & Walk returns to our local schools, giving kids a physical and mental boost to start their day.
For Live Healthy Red Wing, our local projects are varied and diverse. Due to these efforts, we work with schools, local government, businesses, and community organizations to have the biggest impact possible.
Have you ever wanted to hear the full Barn Buff story? Do you have a special perspective to share about our local landmark? This storytelling project will include diverse perspectives on the iconic bluff, including the Dakota community, downtown Red Wingers, and more. We're looking for an artist with experience in facilitating community projects to lead this important project. Proposals are due by October 5.
Live Healthy Red Wing is partnering with the City of Red Wing, leading to exciting local projects. This includes the new Community Plan. The plan sets a vision and action plans for the future.
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 to create the first Red Wing Report Card to understand our community better. Next is listening to residents, including those who are usually under-represented. For more details on the project, visit www.red-wing.org/red-wing-2040.
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 new leaders received more funding from LHRW this summer for physical activity events.
The surveys and programs were funded by a Blue Cross Blue Shield Center for Prevention grant.
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.
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.
Check out Red Wing's newest example of placemaking, the Red Bike Project. A group of ambitious young students are improving their hometown. We're proud to sponsor and fund this important effort.
Placemaking brings residents together to dream up what a space could look and feel like before it's redesigned permanently. 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.
A similar project took place in 2017 along Old West Main Street, incorporating hundreds of community responses in the redesign of this critical street intersection.
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!
Explore with one of 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.
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!
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.
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!”
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!