Who are we?
Who are we?
Who is the Viking Community Wellness Society?
The Viking Community Wellness Society (VCWS) is a group of local residents who love to walk, enjoy the social and health benefits of walking. As a group they came together to help build a network of walking routes in the Town of Viking for people of all ages to enjoy.
What is the VCWS planning to do in the community?
VCWS is planning to connect areas of the Town of Viking by creating a network of paths via existing and new sidewalks and building trails.
Why is walking important?
Walking can have many health benefits. Walking, as part of a physically active healthy lifestyle, plays a role in chronic disease prevention. It also has a role in managing many of the following conditions:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Metabolic syndrome
- Mental health
- Chronic disease prevention.
There are many social benefits that include a community connection, where people live and the places they want to be. The Walking Trail cannot be accessed by vehicle traffic and you will feel safe so that you can enjoy a family stroll for your children to walk, run and ride with you.
What are the future goals for the Walking Trail Project?
Future work could include a walking corridor running through the Town, and working with the community to prioritize the routes and adapt them based on need and accessibility.
What role does the Town of Viking have in the VCWS?
The Town of Viking is an advisor to the VCWS. The Town is providing expert knowledge on the infrastructure and where potential routes could go. Once the Walking Trail is completed the Town will take over the ongoing maintenance and snow removal.
What part of the Walking Trail development is the Town responsible for?
The Town of Viking is responsible for providing and maintaining infrastructure such as curbs and sidewalks, wheelchair ramps, drainage ditches and sewer, street lighting, garbage receptacles and benches.
Once the walking trail is completed, the Town will take over the ongoing maintenance and snow removal.
What is the budget for Phase 1 of the Walking Trail?
The budget for this Phase is $180,000 and will begin in Spring 2018.
When will other Phases of the project be started?
The VCWS is applying for grants to keep the Walking Trail project for the community momentum going. This is of course dependent on the success and the monies available at the time of the grant applications.
How can I contribute to this project?
On page 4 of this brochure there are sponsorship options available. The VCWS would accept monetary, in-kind or donated labor or equipment for the project.
There are many options, a commemorative memorial bench named in honor of a loved one, purchase a tree, or even a meter of trail.
If I cannot afford to donate, how can I support the Walking Trail project?
Be an involved member of your community and tell your friends about this amazing project. If you are interested, attend a meeting to learn more about this project!