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Wellness Bulletin - Dec 03, 2014
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December 3, 2014

Happy December!

I hope everyone had an active and healthy Thanksgiving! Today the bulletin will be discussing our next webinar set for Wednesday, December 10that 2:00pm. Dr. George Hess, professor in the Department of Forestry & Environmental Resources at NC State University, will be sharing results and insights from a study conducted using Raleigh’s Capital Area Greenway System called What’s on Your Greenway?

The research took place during the months of February & March 2014, examining how public used Raleigh’s Capital Area Greenway System, as well as what plants and wildlife are occupying the area. This effort was a collaboration among NC State students, Raleigh Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources, the Nature Research Center of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and Wake Nature Preserves Partnership.

A brief overview of the study included 60 different site locations along Raleigh’s Greenway System trails. The Greenway System is a network of public open spaces and recreation trails providing various activities such as walking, jogging, and hiking. One of the objectives of the study was to collect information on the extent and type of human use across the Greenway system. The research counted 47,386 people on trails across all Greenway system locations. The study found that 45.3% of people using the greenway were walking, 34.1% were running, and 17.7% were cycling.

Why is it important to understand whats on your greenway? Knowing how and why people use greenways can help increase the use of your community’s park system. Your department can then produce programing and infrastructure ideas that will meet the needs of your community.Additionally, knowing how walkable and bikeable the surrounding area is can give you the data needed to make informed decisions. We have provided a checklist to guide in the process of knowing how walkable and bikeable your community is. The NCRPA wellness site has additional information including infrastructure ideas to create easier access to parks.

Remember, if you have any programming ideas to promote physical activity or the use of park systems within your community then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (,

Link to Wednesday, December 10thWebinar:

Until next time,


Colleen Dougherty
Graduate Assistant,NC Recreation & Park Association
883 Washington St, Raleigh, NC27605

North Carolina Recreation and Park Association
883 Washington St, Raleigh, NC 27506


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