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Wednesday Walk Returns For Third Season, Presenting Informational, Guided Walking Tours Throughout Downtown Syracuse

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Syracuse, NY - Wednesday Walk, presented by the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. and several other health-conscious community organizations, has returned for its third season. The free, guided, informational lunchtime and evening strolls throughout Downtown Syracuse kicked off Wednesday, June 14 and continue every other week through October 11. 

This season, ten walks are planned. Five walks, including the first walk of the season, Wednesday June 14, step off at Noon from Clinton Square, and last about 45-minutes. Five other walks are planned for evening. Those also step off from Clinton Square (unless otherwise noted), and last between 60 to 90 minutes. All walks are designed to explore the unique amenities Downtown Syracuse has to offer, while also encouraging exercise. The walks are free guided tours, led by Downtown community leaders and fitness experts. Each walk is built around a different theme, teaching participants about architecture, art, parks, meeting and event spaces, history and more.

The theme of the first walk of the season is focused on the rich history of the Erie Canal. Led by Natalie Stetson, the Executive Director of the Erie Canal Museum, the route will take participants along the path where the Erie Canal once ran through Downtown Syracuse. The walk will highlight some of the city’s oldest and most well-known buildings, and educate walkers about the history of the Erie Canal. Stetson will also discuss the economic impact that the Erie and Oswego Canals had on the City of Syracuse. The walk holds extra significance as the 2017 World Canals Conference will shine a spotlight on the Erie Canal Museum this September.

Other themes planned for the 2017 Wednesday Walk Series are also timely:

  • Later this month, Micha L. Crook, Director and Founder of the first-ever Syracuse Contemporary Irish Film Festival, will lead a walk focused on Syracuse’s Irish heritage and history, just a few days before the film festival’s debut at the Everson Museum of Art. Walkers will learn about the contributions of Irish immigrants, and the role they played in establishing the Erie Canal.
  • In July, the Syracuse Parks Department will lead a walk exploring some of the parks in Downtown Syracuse, as the Parks Department celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year!
  • Additionally, views, nature and Women’s History are other themes that are planned for this seasonal walking season. The series will culminate with a tour of the Syracuse Crunch’s facilities and locker rooms.

“The Wednesday Walk series provides a great platform for folks to explore downtown’s rich history, art, architecture and development,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee. “Whether you live, work, or are visiting Downtown Syracuse, it’s a creative way to get a few steps in, soak up the sunshine and learn about all of the activity happening here in our city’s center.”

The Wednesday Walk Series was designed with downtown employees, residents and visitors in mind, but everyone is encouraged to participate.  

Wednesday Walk is a collaborative effort presented by the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc., SUNY Oswego Metro Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County, the American Heart Association, Metro Fitness, the Downtown YMCA, the Syracuse Rescue Mission, the Syracuse Crunch Hockey Club and Fleet Feet Sports. The organizers were recognized at the Downtown Committee’s 2016 Annual Meeting, awarded with the Urban Innovation Award for promoting the healthy benefits of walking through guided tours.

To learn more about the program, please sign up for a weekly email newsletter detailing the routes. Please email the Downtown Committee at mail@downtownsyracuse.com for more information. Click here for a complete schedule and more information. 

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