Residents invited to join PCSD Community Walking program
December 9, 2019
Staying active and healthy during the cold winter months can be a challenge, especially with those important New Years’ resolutions right around the corner.
This winter, to help residents stay fit in a safe and warm environment, the Parma City School District is starting a Community Walking program. This program invites residents of Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills to walk in the three PCSD high school buildings two nights a week, through mid-April.
“The schools belong to the community so why can’t the community take advantage of that,” William Greene, Chief Operating Officer for the PCSD explained. “It shouldn’t have to be a payment every month to a workout place, when residents can come and walk the halls in warm environment over the winter and not have to pay anything for it.”
On Mondays and Thursdays only, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, residents are invited to walk in any PCSD high school building as part of the Community Walking program. Walkers are required to enter through designated entrances and sign in when arriving at the school.
At Normandy High School, walkers are asked to enter through the front, main entrance of the building.
At Parma Senior High School, residents are required to enter through the doors by the back bus loop, near the student parking lot off of Longwood Avenue.
At Valley Forge High School, residents are required to enter near the auditorium entrance, located near the parking lot at the corner of York Road and Independence Blvd.
Residents must also wear lanyards provided by the PCSD when walking around in the building, and must sign out once completed. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult. In addition, there will be no Community Walking program when school is not in session for any reason, including breaks and calamity days.
Each building has a designated walking path, marked by arrows on the floor. Walkers are required to stay on the path at all times in the building.
“Each building is different in how many trips make up a mile,” Greene said. “Normandy is 6.7 times around is a mile. Valley Forge is 6.1 times around and Parma Senior is 5.9.”
Greene also explained that the PCSD is currently working to develop a community swimming program as well. One program, created in conjunction with the City of Parma Heights Recreation Department, has already started at Valley Forge High School. That program is currently open only to Parma Heights residents.
Other programs should come online this winter for residents in Parma and Seven Hills, and information will be provided by the PCSD once it does.