Y Walk Wednesday


A series of free, guided evening walks featuring downtown neighborhoods, history, walking and health, architecture, wildlife and new development in Wilkes-Barre. All walks begin promptly at 6:00 pm leaving from the YMCA lobby. Walks are approximately 90 minutes long and lead by volunteer leaders. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water.

In case of rain or extreme heat the walk will be postponed until the same time the following evening. If raining or hot the that evening then the walk is cancelled and will not be rescheduled. For information call the YMCA, 570-823-2191 or visit the Y’s Facebook page. No walk is scheduled for July 4.

June 6 Tour the Luzerne County Courthouse. The Luzerne County Courthouse is a newly restored neoclassical gem from Luzerne County’s coal baron period. Tour the people’s house and learn about what goes on inside. Walk Leader: Richard M. Hughes, III, President Judge.

June 13 A Journey Through Kings College. Wander through Kings’ campus and surroundings and discover the history of the buildings and area, and plans for new facilities and functions. Walk Leader: Dr. Paul Zbiek, Kings College

June 20 Keeping the Susquehanna Out of Our Living Rooms. The Wyoming Valley Flood Protection levee system works hard to keep the Susquehanna's waters where they belong: in the river. Explore the inner and outer workings on the Agnes Flood anniversary (June 23rd1972). Walk Leader: Chris Belleman: Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority

June 27 Walking and Christianity in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. Many denominations of Christian faith call downtown their home. Join the First Presbyterian Church, one of the first four denominations in the Wyoming Valley, in a walk exploring Christian places of worship downtown, including the Our Lady of Fatima Holy Grotto. Walk Leader, Matthew Schooley, First Presbyterian Church.

July 11 Millionaires and Mansions. An architectural and social history stroll past some of 19th and early 20th century homes of Wilkes-Barre's leading families. Visit Wilkes-Barre’s oldest house, and learn about plans to restore it. Walk Leader: Tony Brooks, Wilkes-Barre Preservation Society.

July 18 Native, Alien & Medicinal Plants of the Kirby Natural Area. Learn from folklore, history and science the benefits, drawbacks, unique uses and special powers of the many plants that call Kirby Park’s wild, riparian woodland home. Walk Leader: Ken Klemow, Wilkes University.

July 25 The Railroad in Downtown Wilkes-Barre Join the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor in touring active and historic railroad rights-of-way in downtown Wilkes-Barre, and learn more about our industrial past, and the plan to connect the 165 mile D&L trail from Bucks County to Wilkes-Barre. Walk Leaders: Elissa Garofalo & Mike Burnside, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

August 1 A Walk on the Wild Side: The Kirby Park Natural Area. Explore the natural and wild wonders of the park’s riparian forest, the wildlife that call it home, some history and the important role it plays as part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Walk Leader: Vinnie Cotrone, Penn State Cooperative Extension.

August 8 Walking Your Way to a Healthier You. Learn about the many ways that regular activity like walking can improve your physical and mental health as well as decrease your risk for a variety of conditions including cancer, diabetes and obesity. Walk Leader: Pam Gurtis, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

August 15 A Sidewalk View to Building a More Walkable Downtown. People use the word “Walkability” but what does the term really mean? Learn what is making our city’s streetscapes safer, more efficient and more usable for all. Walk Leader: Larry Newman, Diamond City Partnership.

August 22 Jewish Communities in the Wyoming Valley. This walk will take people over the Market Street bridge to learn about the Wyoming Valley’s changing Jewish community and new Jewish landmarks. Michele Schasberger, member, Temple B’nai B’rith.

August 29 LCTA and the Murray Complex Project. Join the Luzerne County Transportation Authority in a walk to the Intermodal Center, and then to the Murray Complex, where LCTA plans to centralize bus and other services. Learn about other changes in LCTA service, including new night-time service, new routes, as well as shared ride services. Walk Leader, Norm Gavlick, Luzerne County Transportation Authority

This project was funded in part by the PA Department of Health's Preventive Health & Health Services Block Grant.