Starting today, Ardmore Parks and Recreation will be hosting a walk through Regional Park every Tuesday and Thursday evening. Director Teresa Ervin said the twice-weekly walks will be a great opportunity for the community to get some exercise while enjoying the cooler autumn temperatures.

“Our trails are open every day, but this is a great way for people to get together and enjoy time as a community,” Ervin said. “Sometimes it really helps to have someone there giving you a word of encouragement to keep going, and we’ll all be there doing that for one another.”

Those interested in joining will meet at the Parks office, then head to the trails. Ervin stressed while it is a group event, everyone is encouraged to go at their own pace.

“We want this to be something that everyone can enjoy and people with different fitness levels are welcome to join us” Ervin said. “Those that want to go faster can set their own pace, and if you’re like me and want to move a little slower, that’s great, too.”

She said the park hosted something similar a few years ago, and it proved to be quite popular. They decided to bring it back because it fits in well the the department’s goal of encouraging the overall health of the community.

“Walking doesn’t just help you physically, it’s also great for your mental health,” Ervin said. “Just being out in nature and enjoying the sunlight helps you out all the way around.”

Another benefit to those that join in the walks will begin on Tuesday, November 26, after the Festival of Lights has opened for the season. From that point forward the twice-weekly walks will go through the Christmas lights and allow pedestrians to enjoy the show before it opens up to vehicles at 6 p.m.

Ardmore Parks and Recreation’s walks through Regional Park will take place from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday evening (excluding Thanksgiving) through December 19. The event is free and open to the public. Participants will meet at the Parks and Recreation office then walk at their own pace through the trails.