New Mission Statement and Team Logos!

New Mission Statement and Team Logos!

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.
Safe Routes to Parks Audits with Residents

Safe Routes to Parks Audits with Residents

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.

Member Spotlight: August 2018

Member Spotlight: August 2018

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!

Safe Route to Parks Audits

Safe Route to Parks Audits

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.

Fox Valley Biking and Fun Run Events 2019

Fox Valley Biking and Fun Run Events 2019

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 2019

BikeOsh (Saturday, May 11 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 and be ready to ride! Post your BikeOsh adventures to social media using #BikeOsh or #BikeOsh2019. More updates are on the BikeOsh Facebook page or BikeOsh Facebook events page.

 

Oshkosh Bike Rodeo (Wednesday, May 15 at 4:30pm): Oshkosh Safe Routes to Routes to School Taskforce is hosting their 4th Annual 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!  Check out the Facebook event.

 

Bike Week Fox Valley (Friday May 10- Sunday May 19 at various times): The Fox Cities Cycling Association and Fox Cities Greenways sponsor Bike Week-Fox Valley each year. This is a celebration of all things bicycling in the third week in May. There are different themed rides (like bike and bowl, history rides, slow rolls and rides for coffee) in different communities all over the greater Fox Cities area. There’s something for everyone!

For the full list of Bike Week events, visit the Bike Week – Fox Valley Facebook page.

 

Family Fun Night (Thursday, May 16 from 5:00-7:30pm): Family Fun Night is a free event focused around a Bike Rodeo to teach and refresh bicycle safety skills. This is an event that offers families a reason to get outside, and unplug from their electronics, to have some community fun. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Kids need a bicycle, helmet, and adult to participate. Family Fun Night will be held at Memorial Park in Neenah and is presented by the Neenah Police Department Bike Patrol. See last year’s full description on the Greater Valley Guide spotlight and let folks know you’re going on the Facebook event page.

 

Arya Cares Family Bike Ride (Saturday, May 18 at 9am): This bike ride is a very special one and is in memory of a wonderful little girl, Arya Vaughn. On May 3, 2018, 4 year old Arya, was riding her bike near her home. She was practicing riding and was wearing her bike helmet. Tragically, she rolled out in the roadway in the 1300 Block of W. South Park Ave in Oshkosh and was struck by a vehicle. Life saving measures were taken and Arya was transported to a local hospital. Arya however, did not survive. The funds raised from this event will stay in the Oshkosh community and will be used for: building children’s playgrounds at parks and schools and funding for field trips and other children’s activities. Sign up for the ride happening at Menominee Park (Kiwanis Shelter) at this link. More info is on the Arya Cares events page on Facebook.

 

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): 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. Runs are on Sundays 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 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.

 

Winnebago County Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan 2017

Winnebago County Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan 2017

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: