Updated: 07/11/2014 6:18 PM
Created: 07/11/2014 4:22 PM WDIO.com
By: Briggs LeSavage
A ribbon-cutting Friday marked a milestone for some Duluth organizations' efforts to inspire people to explore the city while staying active at the same time.
"Walk Duluth" includes 35 signs lining Superior Street to point people in the direction of scenic, historic, commercial and recreational attractions while timing out how long it will take them to get there by foot or bike.
"We just want to encourage people to take a walk downtown both for their health and the economic vitality of our community," Lisa Luokkala, Healthy Duluth Area Coalition director, said.
Her organization teamed up with the Greater Downtown Council and the City of Duluth to make the project possible along with funding from the Duluth Legacy Endowment Fund and the Center for Disease Prevention at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota.
Luokkala said it's important to all organizations involved to work toward a health community.
"There's really great health benefit to being out and walking so we come from a health aspect looking at preventing chronic disease and obesity in our community," Luokkala said.
While the signs are plastic for now, Luokkala said she is planning an evaluation in a couple months to see just how effective the signs have been. If all goes well, they'll look into creating more permanent wayfinding signs in the future.
There are an additional 35 signs planned for the Canal Park and Lakewalk areas. She said they hope to install those by the end of July.
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