Safe Routes to Parks (SRTP) is a campaign to implement environmental, policy, and program strategies that create safe and equitable access to parks for all people. Walking or bicycling to a community park provides double the opportunity for physical activity – on the way to the park and within it! One way residents can help their community work towards achieving safer routes to parks is by conducting a walk audit.
In a walk audit, community members go for a walk (or bike ride) together, noting what makes their streets feel safe and comfortable for walking and biking and what needs improvement. Audits can be informal and casual, or can include city council members, traffic engineers, and detailed forms. More on SRTP Walk Audits from Safe Route Partnership.
re:TH!NK’s Active Communities team tested and adapted several SRTP audit tools to create one that is easy to use and takes into local context. Click the link below to start working on your own walk audit that will help you improve safe access to parks for people walking and biking.
Master SRTP Audit Tool- FINAL
re:TH!NK has exciting news to share! The Leadership Council took time this past summer to discuss the current and future state of re:TH!NK and has updated the mission statement to reflect our current and potential priorities.
The mission statement is now more reflective of the kind of organization and the kind of work we are involved with re:TH!NK effectively engages the community in creating a healthier environment and opportunities to improve quality of life in Winnebago County.
Along with our updated mission statement, each team now has their very own team logo! Team members gave input on final selections from a cohesive color palate. As re:TH!NK grows and evolves, so can our teams and their logos.
In January 2018, the Oshkosh Advisory Park Board voted unanimously to support the Oshkosh Parks Director in implementing a tobacco-free parks rule for all city of Oshkosh parks. This was a great step forward for Oshkosh and for ensuring the first tobacco-free generation!
Since 2013, the re:TH!NK Youth Coalition has been educating and advocating for tobacco-free parks in Oshkosh. After completing numerous cigarette butt cleanups in the parks through FACT, a statewide, youth-led movement of teens educating their peers about the dangers of tobacco, the re:TH!NK Youth Coalition decided that a tobacco-free parks policy was the best way to protect all residents. Over the next five years, members presented to the Oshkosh City Council and Advisory Park Board to provide education about the benefits of tobacco-free parks. In addition to protecting our natural resources, tobacco-free parks ensures everyone can enjoy the outdoors and breathe clean air.
Thank you to the City of Oshkosh Parks Department and the Advisory Park Board for supporting the next tobacco-free generation! If you want more information about tobacco-free parks, contact Lynnsey Erickson, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator at lerickson @ co.winnebago.wi.us or 920-232-3008.
In mid-2014 re:TH!NK received a planning grant from the WI Department of Transportation (WISDOT) Transportation Alternatives Program to create a bicycle and pedestrian plan for the rural areas of Winnebago County. The project was lead by Winnebago County Health, Highway, and Parks Departments with support from East Central WI Regional Planning Commission, Toole Design Group and re:TH!NK members. Over 175 residents helped provide input for the plan. The plan was completed in late 2016, approved in early 2017, and received a Planning Excellence Award from the American Planning Association – Wisconsin Chapter in fall 2017.
A steering committee and a stakeholder team have been established to ensure implementation of the plan. The team recently created a biking and walking map for the southern and rural areas of the County. If you want more information about the plan or progress that has been made on the implementation, contact Emily Dieringer, County Bike/Ped Coordinator at edieringer @ co.winnebago.wi.us or 920-232-3021.
“Connecting People & Communities: Winnebago County Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan” documents:
In May 2013 the Winnebago County Heroin Task Force rolled out an action plan to address the growing problem of heroin addiction in Winnebago County and other nearby areas. The task force started with a pillar approach and made great gains to develop strategy around fighting the addiction in this area.
After several successes in the areas of prevention, treatment and recovery, the Heroin Task Force has reshaped their vision, the team that’s supporting this initiative and how to manage the strategies to end drug addiction related deaths in Winnebago County. The Heroin Task Force has now reformed into The Winnebago County Drug and Alcohol Coalition. Visit their new website: https://www.winnebagodac.org/
If you would like more information about the Winnebago County Drug and Alcohol Coalition (WCDAC), please contact Stephanie Gyldenvand at 920-232-3368 or sgyldenvand @ co.winnebago.wi.us
With support from re:TH!NK and in partnership with the Winnebago County Health Department, the N.E.W. Mental Health Connection received funding through the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Fund!
The HWPP grant provides up to 8 years of funding to improve behavioral health in the tri-county area through the N.E.W. Mental Health Connection’s work.
Click here for more information about the project.
Click here for more information about the N.E.W. Mental Health Connection.