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Oswego County Opportunities To Host Canalview Bridge Walk

FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities Health Services and Fulton Footpaths invite you to downtown Fulton for the inaugural Canalview Bridge Walk to be held June 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

April Marx (left) of OCO's Impact program and Marie Mankiewicz of Fulton Footpaths, display one of the signs that will be put up by the city of Fulton's Department of Public Works to mark the Canalview Bridge Walk, a walking path that crosses both of the bridges in Fulton.
April Marx (left) of OCO’s Impact program and Marie Mankiewicz of Fulton Footpaths, display one of the signs that will be put up by the city of Fulton’s Department of Public Works to mark the Canalview Bridge Walk, a walking path that crosses both of the bridges in Fulton.

A collaboration between OCO’s Impact program and Fulton Footpaths, the Canalview Bridge Walk is an opportunity for community members to come together and enjoy some physical activity while discovering the newly marked walking path that crosses both of the city’s bridges and passes by a number of Fulton’s historic sites.

Established in September, with funding through the New York Department of Health, OCO’s Impact program is in the first of a three-year grant.

With a focus on the prevention of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, Impact has begun reaching out to the Fulton community to expand opportunities to be physically active and to improve access to healthy food.

“The Canalview Bridge Walk is our first community event,” said Impact program manager April Marx. “It’s a fun way to promote physical activity and engage community members to discover healthy lifestyle changes. It’s also an opportunity to highlight what is the first of several walking trails that Fulton Footpaths is looking to establish.”

The Fulton Footpaths project began this past December following a meeting of local stake holders interested in improving the city.

“Our vision is to create a total of eight multi-purpose walking trails that will serve to improve the quality of life for residents, provide a tourism venue for tourists, and spur economic development,” said co-founder Marie Mankiewicz. “We are excited to be collaborating with OCO on the Canalview Bridge Walk and chose to highlight the Canalview Bridge Trail for the walk as it is fully paved and ready for walkers. We are looking forward to many more walks in the future as our other trails are completed.”

In addition to the walk, there will be a variety of other activities, healthy snacks and prizes.

“We encourage residents of all ages to join us for the Canalview Bridge Walk and discover how easy it is to incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle,” said Marx.

For more information on the Canalview Bridge Walk visit the Fulton Footpath page on Facebook.

Oswego County Opportunities is celebrating 50 years of service to the Oswego County community in 2016.

To learn more about OCO’s past, present and future, visit www.oco.org