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- ‘Walkability’ Audits Coming to Trent Hills; Goal is to Help Municipality Become a More Pedestrian-Friendly Place -

(MUNICIPALITY OF TRENT HILLS) – How walkable are communities in Trent Hills?

To help answer that question, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is organizing ‘Walkability Audits’ of Hastings, Warkworth and Campbellford. The goal of these audits is to give residents and municipal leaders in Trent Hills a guidepost on how to create and improve the conditions for walking in these communities.“Trent Hills already has many trails and walkable features,” says Krista Skutovich, a Health Promoter with the HKPR District Health Unit. “The walkability audits are intended to identify these strengths, and then provide recommendations for the future.”

Trent Hills residents are encouraged to take part in the walkability audits scheduled as follows:

  • In Hastings on Monday, September 9, starting at noon at the Lion’s Club Gazebo on Front St. W.
  • In Warkworth on Monday, September 9, starting at 2:30 pm in the Arena parking lot.
  • In Campbellford on Tuesday, September 10, starting at noon at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch (34 Bridge St. W.).

The walkability audits will last approximately one hour, and take place rain or shine. No registration is required. The walkability audits will be led by two experts: urban planner Kate Hall, a consultant with Canada Walks; and Ottawa-based sustainable transportation consultant Geoff Noxon. Both have extensive experience working with local municipalities, as well as doing similar walkability audits in other communities. The two experts will use walkability indicators set out by the Walk Friendly Ontario program, and then share their findings and recommendations with Trent Hills municipal staff and council.

Factors such as sidewalks, traffic flow, parking and pedestrian safety features can indicate how walkable a community is for its residents, says Heather Grundy, a Health Promoter with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Walking audits are one of the most powerful things you can do to bring about change, one step at a time,” she notes. “They allow you to see your community through the eyes of another as you walk together and exchange observations. The audits bring the issues to life.”

Walkable communities are good places to live, work and play. Extensive research shows that walkable communities improve the quality of life for residents, boost the environment by reducing vehicle traffic, and provide a boost to the local economy by allowing easier access to downtown businesses.

The walking audits coincide with a Trent Hills Walkability Workshop being led by Hall and Noxon on September 10 in Campbellford. The workshop is geared to municipal staff, local politicians, service clubs, business representatives and tourism officials. Funding for the workshop is provided by a Healthy Communities grant from the Province of Ontario.

To find out more about the walking audits or workshop, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 334 or ext. 488.


For media inquiries, contact:

Krista Skutovich, Health Promoter, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100, ext. 334, or toll-free: 1-866-888-4577,

or Heather Grundy, Health Promoter, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100, ext. 488, or toll-free: 1-866-888-4577.

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