Erie MetroParks returns with a walking program this year, with a simplified schedule of events to make it easier for walkers to stick with it.
The program resumes with a kickoff event 6:30 p.m. April 9 at Osborn Park, then will continue on alternate Mondays through August.
Last year's Look Who's Walking" events were held on different days and different times of day. The idea was to provide different times so everyone could attend some events, but all of the changes confused people, said Lois TerVeen, supervisor of program services for Erie MetroParks.
This year, every walk will be at 6:30 p.m., every other Monday, a regular time, which should make it easier for local walkers to remember to show up, TerVeen said.
"We want people to come out and walk," she said. "We want people to come out and exercise. We hope this will help them get started and get in the habit."
All walks will last for about one hour.
"We hope they go out on their own on the Monday in between," she said.
TerVeen explained that the parks department's walking program runs through the spring and summer. The Friends of Erie MetroParks then take over with a fall and early winter walking program, which ends in December.
Winter months are omitted because of the weather.
The walking program is free and everyone is welcome. The parks department hopes to distribute free pedometers to participants, TerVeen said.
Schedule of events (all at 6:30 p.m.)