Getting more voices around a community's decision-making tables is important for building a healthy, inclusive city. In spring 2016, Hispanic Outreach and Live Healthy Red Wing partnered to hold a 2-day leadership training for 14 Latino residents. We're now planning a follow-up training and planning next steps so more people in Red Wing have the chance to inform the decisions that affect them.
Live Healthy Red Wing is partnering with Wilder Research and the City of Red Wing to create RW's first Community Report Card. From fall 2016 through summer 2017, LHRW will be listening to all facets of the community, collaboratively gathering current and new data with area partners, and creating a tool that will report measurements for how residents experience life in Red Wing. The Report Card will be done every five years to track successes and challenges, measure disparities, and help guide changes that improve the health and well-being of all residents.
Live Healthy Red Wing is working with the City of Red Wing to implement a Health, Equity and Excellence in All Policies framework into the way the City develops policies, projects, and procedures. This way of reviewing and developing policies calls for listening to residents before and during policy development; understanding early on who benefits and who is burdened, and mitigating any negative or unintended consequences of a project or policy.
Live Healthy Red Wing is a partner in the Hunger Free Kids Network of Every Hand Joined. Together, we work on increasing the number of students eating healthy school breakfasts during the school year and improving the free Summer Lunch Program during the summer months.
Placemaking brings residents together to dream up what a space could look and feel like before it's redesigned. Last year, we spruced up Jordan Court for two days with a community art project, live music, a drum circle, history, and a temporary extended crosswalk. Many people answered "What would YOU like to see in this space?" We look forward to placemaking in different locations in 2017 and 2018.
Every Friday in fall and spring, all 1,000+ Red Wing students in grades K-7 who ride the school bus are dropped off early so they can walk the last 10 to 15 minutes to school with friends and teachers. Burnside principal Sheila Beckner says, "Walking as a school community is the perfect way to start our Fridays. Our kids love it, and some teachers say their students are more focused after Bus Stop and Walk--kids are more ready to start the school day right."
Explore with one of our Neighborhood Walking Maps. Learn routes with secret spots along the way. Maps tell you how far the routes are and how long it takes at both a brisk and relaxed pace. Print one from the link below or find them at numerous businesses and facilities around town.
Memorial Park is a 284-acre bluff-top park that's been transformed from a sad, overgrown place to a playground for all of Red Wing. Thanks to many partners, including the Red Wing Area Fund, the City of Red Wing, and hundreds of volunteers, people now flock here to walk, hike, mountain bike, have bonfires, bird watch, snowshoe, cross country ski, go geocaching, and picnic -- all with gorgeous views. Trails weave through woods, prairies, and overlooks. Come visit!
LHRW tackled our almost-forgotten urban trails by upgrading the paths, adding signage, and getting the word out so locals and visitors can enjoy these wonderlands that lie right in our own neighborhoods. Today, almost 75% of Red Wing residents live within a 10 minute walk to a nature trail. Thanks to all the volunteers and partners who continue to make our trails beautiful.
On the school district’s Day of Caring and Sharing 2012, LHRW, the His Kids Daycare staff, and a handful of dedicated high school students built three raised beds and a trellis garden for tomatoes, peas, squash, pumpkins, and flowers. Today the garden is growing strong. “Some of our children never knew where vegetables came from," says director Sheri Lidgerding. "Our garden continues to grow and gives our kids the chance to work together, see things grow, and taste the rewards. Green beans are a favorite!”
LHRW teamed up with local high school students during the district’s Day of Caring and Sharing to build four raised beds on a neglected corner outside Peachtree Daycare’s entrance at the Y. Now that busy but protected corner at Main Street and Broad is filled with herbs, tomatoes, and other edibles. Thanks to Minnesota Extension for the first plants, and to the Peachtree staff for continuing the work with their students. The garden is beautiful year after year!