Mayor Hosts 'Walk 100 Miles' at Whites Creek Greenway at Fontanel
Mayor, Parks Celebrate Opening of New Stretch of Greenway
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mayor Karl Dean was joined by Metro Parks and Greenways for Nashville this morning in cutting the ribbon on the new Whites Creek Greenway at Fontanel. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was followed by a walk on the greenway as part of the Mayor's Walk 100 Miles with Nashville healthy living campaign and to celebrate the opening of the new stretch of greenway, which is eight-tenths of a mile long and connects to Fontanel's two miles of hiking trails.
"We are pleased that the Whites Creek community has its first greenway segment, and we appreciate the partnership with Fontanel which made it possible," Mayor Dean said. "Residents and visitors to the area can enjoy a flat, creek-side paved trail for walking and bicycling, as well as access to two miles of woodland hiking trails over the scenic ridge of Fontanel."
Participants walked 2.5 miles along the greenway and the primitive woodland trails with Mayor Dean. This section of the Whites Creek Greenway was developed in cooperation with Fontanel, an entertainment destination that includes the former estate of Barbara Mandrell, the Inn at Fontanel, the Woods Amphitheater and other attractions.
The Walk 100 Miles with Nashville walking movement is a follow-up to the highly successful Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor initiative. Mayor Dean is encouraging all Nashvillians to create or join a walking group and then motivate each other to walk 100 miles during the summer of 2014. More information is at www.Walk100Miles.org.
To take the Walk 100 Miles with Nashville challenge, participants need to create a personal profile on the website www.walk100miles.org. They can choose to join a group or walk on their own, then log their miles online. Everyone who reaches 100 miles this summer receives a free tee shirt. The challenge is presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.
New to this walking campaign, the city's free NashVitality mobile app includes a mileage-tracking feature. Walk 100 participants can track and log the miles they walk right on their phone using "Record a Workout" after creating a profile on the Walk100Miles.org website.
The NashVitality app, which is free at the Apple App Store and on Google Play, is a mobile guide to being healthy, active and green in Nashville. It includes interactive maps of Nashville's parks, greenways and sidewalks.
Other Walk 100 Miles with Nashville walks to be hosted by Mayor Dean include the following (schedule subject to change):
- Monday, Aug.11, 7 p.m., Richland Creek: 4 miles
- Saturday, Aug. 16, 8 a.m., Mill Creek: 3.5 miles
- Thursday, Aug. 21, 6:30 p.m., Bells Bend: 4 miles
- Monday, Aug. 25, lunchtime, Downtown: 2.5 miles
- Saturday, Aug. 30, 8 a.m. Public Square Park: 4 miles (followed by a finale celebration from 9 a.m. - noon with free live music and family-friendly activities)