More WALKING WEDNESDAYS to come next spring! Thanks to everyone who came to walk with us and learn about beautiful, little-known places within walking distance of downtown.
Find our new "Open Your Front Door and Walk" downtown maps at many downtown establishments.
Do you want one of our Open Your Front Door posters or banners? Contact Michelle Leise at email@example.com for one in your workplace!
Watch for Students on the Road!
Children and teens will be walking and biking to school again so keep an eye out for them. Small ones may be biking on sidewalks (watch as you back up your car!) and, like many of us adults, some may not always be mindful of their surroundings. Be patient, slow down in school zones, and be on high alert in speedy areas like the high school's crossing at Highway 58 and Pioneer. Let's keep all our kids safe this school year.
Use this App to Keep Up our Parks, Trails, and Walkways
Report downed trees, washed out trails, vandalism, and other issues quickly and immediately. Download the free mobile app YourGOV (for both Android and Apple users). It's an easy way to let the City of Red Wing Parks Department know what needs attention.
CLICK HERE for details.
Bluff Blast a Great Success!
If you have ideas, comments, or suggestions for another Bluff Blast or a future event on the bluff, please email Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great Summer Program for Kids!
For information: Click this link:
Or, call Josh Thygesen at 651-388-4724.
Work Day Successful at BTCA
We cleared branches after the snowstorm last Saturday, May 11, so it's good to hike at Billings-Tomfohr on Coon Hill again. Thanks, everyone!
GREAT work done at Earth Day 2013!
Click here to see the music video of the great things that happened last year. (A new video will soon be on the way!)
Jumping Into Spring
Red Wing's elementary students jumped rope to raise money and awareness of heart disease. If you don't have a jump rope or the space, do jumping jacks! This quick cardiovascular pick-me-up will reboot your energy and lower stress immediately. Start with 10 jumps and gradually increase daily.
New Winter Maps at Memorial Park
New snowshoe and cross-country ski maps are up at the Mississippi Golf Links Trail Head. Larger hike and mountain bike maps are there, too. New panels with park history, nature items, and more will be coming this spring.
Memorial's new snowshoe trail is ready and snow is here!Volunteers marked and cleared trails from the Mississippi Golf Links trail head (with extra help from Kim Brown and John Ostberg) and the trail is ready to go! Park in the golf course parking lot then follow the snowshoe symbols and lime green arrows.
$390,000 in State Money for Memorial Park!
The City of Red Wing and Live Healthy Red Wing worked on a Minnesota State Legacy Grant that secured $390,000 for Memorial Park. Restrooms, trail improvements, history information, a south-side Bush Street foot entrance to the park, and more are all in the future. Kudos to our community for their fantastic support!
Special thanks to the Red Wing Area Fund for sponsoring the 2012 projects and committing funds for 2013. This award would not have happened without their vision, passion, and generosity.
* Friends of the Bluffs has 130 members and has raised more than $10,000 for projects in its first few months! Thanks, everyone! To become a member, click here: http://www.redwingbluffs.org/
* BTCA (on Coon Hill behind Twin Bluff Middle School) is getting a new southside access trail. To check it out, walk or drive to the upper parking lot of Twin Bluff Middle School. It will be a great way to get up to the 2.5 miles of hiking and snowshoe trails from the Twin Bluff, Pioneer, and Spruce neighborhoods.
Friends of the Bluffs
Got 2 minutes? Watch this video.
You can't help but be thankful and inspired by our bluffs.
Then click here and join Friends of the Bluffs to keep our bluff trails beautiful!
Friends of the Bluffs is a new 501(c)(3) organization formed to increase the enjoyment, promotion, and stewardship of Red Wing's bluffs.
Click www.redwingbluffs.org for the web site.
Click here to connect to the Facebook page.
Click here to see the inspiring video.
Check out the web site and join today!
Thanks for your help on the trails
The community has cleared buckthorn, put up signs and maps, and added trail markers. The work isn't finished, but it's now easier to hike Memorial Park on Sorin's Bluff and the Billings-Tomfohr Nature Area on Coon Hill. We'd like to thank these folks:
Xcel Energy workers
Coon Hill neighbors
Red Wing Mountain Bike Organization
Aurora Cross Country Ski Club
Red Wing FFA students
Enjoy these outdoor walks
Warm weather is here! Try these paved routes all around town.
3rd and 4th Streets to Buchanan's Neighborhood Loop 2.7 miles, fairly flat
Athletic Field Loop 1.4 miles, one large hill
Red Wing Golf Club Loop 2.7 miles, vigorous walk with hills & no shortcuts
Colvill Park 1 mile, flat
Hallstrom-Twin Bluff Neighborhood Loop 1.75 miles, flat
Pioneer-Hallquist Neighborhood Loop 1.45 miles, hilly
Red Wing High School Loop 1 mile, flat
A.P. Anderson Park Loop 1.26 miles, flat
Technology Drive Walk 2.6 miles (past Fairview, Menards, Walmart)
Practice the 10-3 Rule
Move 10 MINUTES a day THREE times a day.
By walking briskly a total of 30 minutes daily, you're on your way to better health. Do it in small doses and you can fit it into any busy schedule. Take 10 minutes at lunch, after work, and after dinner. Try it for seven days this week and feel the difference!
Take a Historic Walking Tour
Our cooler temps and turning leaves make this week the perfect time for a historic walk around pretty Red Wing. Whether you're a visitor or life-long resident, you'll discover something new. Click here for a pamphlet that guides you on three historic walks near downtown. Learn about Red Wing's stories, architecture, and characters from the past.
Afterward, venture to 7th and Bluff Streets, turn right up to 8th, and meander up the Cow Path to the top of Sorin's Bluff. It's one of Red Wing's best-kept secrets ... enjoy!