In 2018, re:TH!NK updated the mission statement and logo, worked on Safe Routes to Parks audits, educated youth about healthy food choices, partnered with the Sacred Heart Neighborhood Association, conducted Festival Scans, and finally reached its goal of tobacco-free parks in Oshkosh!
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.
The Active Communities Team presented the concept of Safe Routes to Parks (SRTP) to the Stevens Park Neighborhood Association at their September association meeting. Team members explained what SRTP is all about, how safety and access to a park can be improved by completing a SRTP audit, why making it easier and safer to walk and bike to a park is important for health, and how residents can be involved in the process.
The association is interested in working with the team to gather residents to complete a SRTP audit and provide feedback to the team from the auditors perspective. The team looks forward to working with Stevens Park in spring of 2019.
What’s better than spotlighting one re:TH!NK member? Well, shining the spotlight on two of course! That’s why we couldn’t recognize Trish Nau, Parks Planner from East Central WI Regional Planning Commission without also recognizing Pete Ehlert, Community Programs Officer with Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office for their work with the Active Communities team’s Safe Routes to Parks audits. The team has been working on making it easier and safer for residents to walk and bike to their local park and both Trish and Pete have gone the extra mile to help set the team up for future success. By sharing important resources like parks and routes audit tools, lending their expertise to create summary reports of the audit findings, and working with other team members and community partners, the Active Communities team is now moving into the next phase of their action plan. Thank you to this dynamic duo!
The Active Communities Team recently completed a safe routes to parks audit at Scott Park in Omro. The team has been working to make the routes to parks safer and more accessible so every community member has the opportunity to be active while at and getting to their local park.
Safe Routes to Parks is the National Recreation and Parks Association’s campaign to implement environmental, policy, and program strategies that create safe and equitable access to parks for all people. These strategies align with the goals of the 10-Minute Walk campaign and are great tools and resources to increase access and safe walking connections to parks.
Last year, the team completed safe routes to parks audit around Fritse Park in Fox Crossing and Red Arrow Park in Oshkosh with the help of UWO Quest III students. The results of these audits will help the team identify and prioritize obstacles that, if improved, will make routes to parks accessible and safe.
May is National Bike Month and there is no shortage of events and activities in Winnebago County that highlight bicycling (and running/walking). We’ve pulled together a short list of events being hosted by our partners in community health:
Bike Month Events- May 2018
BikeOsh (Saturday, May 5 from 10am-2pm): Start at any one of the nearly 20 businesses you choose, then ride to as many as you wish, all while enjoying the sites and sounds of Oshkosh by bicycle! Collect stamps on your “pedal pass” to earn chances for awesome prizes. Raffle prizes will be given away starting at 1pm at the Oshkosh Seniors Center and light refreshments will be served. Download your Pedal Pass now and be ready to ride! Post your BikeOsh adventures to social media using #BikeOsh or #BikeOsh2018. More updates are on the BikeOsh Facebook page or BikeOsh Facebook events page.
Oshkosh Bike Rodeo (Wednesday, May 9 at 4:30pm): Oshkosh Safe Routes to Routes to School Taskforce is hosting a Bike Rodeo at the UW-Oshkosh Kolf Center parking lot (registration starts at 4:00pm). Activities and skills stations will challenge kids of all ages. Bring your helmet for a fitting and take a ride on the bike blender for some fun! There will be special guests from: UWO Football, Wisconsin Sheriff’s Office, UWO Police Department, Oshkosh Fire Department, UWO Student Recreation, and Verve, a Credit Union! Check out this great SRTS video for all the details.
Wake Up with Weight of the Fox Valley (Friday, May 11 at 7:30am): The theme for this quarter’s breakfast event is “Grasp Life by the Handlebars”- with Michelle Bachaus from Wisconsin Bicycle Federation to learn how to use bikes for transportation confidently this summer and how biking and walking builds a sense of community in the Fox Valley, connecting us with our neighbors and supporting our health. Register to attend here.
Movin’ on the Mascoutin (Saturday, May 19 at 9:00am): Ride in this family-friendly, non-competitive healthy living event. Registration begins at 8:45am and will depart from Riverside Park in Berlin and travel along the Mascoutin Trail. Participants will experience nature at its finest on this 12 mile former rail bed trail. Rest stops will be located 1.5 miles from Berlin end of the trail, one at the Ripon end of the trail and one at Vines and Rushes Winery. The $20 registration includes lunch and a hat. Sign up online until May 15 on the Green Lake Greenways website. Check for updates on the Greenways Facebook page.
Bike Week Fox Valley (Saturday May 12- Saturday May 19 at various times): The Fox Cities Cycling Association and Fox Cities Greenways sponsor Bike Week-Fox Valley. This is a celebration of all things bicycling in the third week in May each year. There are different themed rides (like bike and bowl, history rides, and rides for coffee) in different communities all over the greater Fox Cities area. There’s something for everyone! For a full list of Bike Week events, visit the Bike Week – Fox Valley Facebook page.
National Senior Health and Fitness Day (Wednesday, May 30): The Oshkosh YMCA is hosting a variety of free events and classes! When walking or bicycling aren’t enough, there’s great activities like pickleball and water fitness! Both Y locations will be FREE from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for anyone Age 55+. There are also raffles, give-a-ways and a breakfast or lunch. Sign in at either YMCA desk for the day! View the flyer for more details.
Can’t get enough of Bike Month?! View the full listing here: Fox Valley Bike Month 2018
Ongoing Fun Runs and Bike Events
Slow Roll Oshkosh (Third Tuesdays, May-October at 5:30pm): Slow Roll Oshkosh is a free, social, community bike ride at a slow and fun pace, with short tours through the City of Oshkosh. Rides are held once a month, each with a different starting location and route. Social hour begins at 5:30pm and rides kick off around 6:30pm. Rides are about 5-6 miles and are great for all ages and abilities. Riders are encouraged to tell and bring their friends and family! Post your slow roll photos on social media with #SlowRollOsh. Visit the Slow Roll Facebook page or Slow Roll website for info on dates and start locations.
Neenah Summer Fun Runs (Select Sundays at 7pm): This is the 23nd year of the Neenah Summer Fun Runs. The runs started in 1996 by a group of local running enthusiasts including coaches and former Neenah High School athletes. The Fun Runs operate under the umbrella of the Neenah Parks & Recreation Department. The runs are staffed completely by volunteers. Runs are for kids 14 and under with 1/4, 1/2 or 1 mile courses. Participants receive Runs are on Sundays on May 20th, June 3rd, June 17th, July 1st, July 15th and August 12th starting at the South Memorial Park Pavilion in Neenah. Visit the Neenah Fun Run website for registration information or check out the Neenah Fun Run Facebook page.
Oshkosh Summer Fun Runs (Select Sundays at 7pm): The Oshkosh Summer Fun Runs provide children ages 2-14 an opportunity to participate in a non-competitive environment open to all levels and abilities. Participating children will experience the positive impact of a fun, healthy, fitness-focused series of events centered on self-esteem and physical activity. Fun Runs are safe, encouraging and family focused. Runs are Sundays June 3rd, June 24th, July15th and August 5th at the Oshkosh County Park Soccer Shelter #3. Onsite registration will be available starting at 6pm each event date. Visit the Summer Fun Run Facebook page for additional registration information.
National Bike Challenge: Love to Ride and the League of American Bicyclists are joining forces for an exciting Bike Challenge format in 2018. They’ve made some improvements to the National Bike Challenge to make it more exciting, punchier, and ultimately more successful at encouraging more people to ride, more often.