Manchester’s Parks and Recreation Department has released the spring dates for 2017’s “Walk for your Health Program.”  This walking group is open to people of all ages who want to get out in the fresh air, exercise and meet new friends!  The spring series will run from Monday, April 17 – Friday, June 23, with walks taking place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:00 AM and beginning from a variety of locations.

AARP will be present at the first walk of each month, handing out treats and providing information on local programs and events!  Here are more details on the May dates:

 

Monday, May 1 – Manchester/Goffstown

AARP will be present!

Parking: West Side Ice Arena, 1 Electric Street, Manchester, NH

Start: In parking lot on partly paved and flat course with great views along the river

 

Wednesday, May 3 – Memorial High School

Parking: Clem Lemire Field, 40 West Brook Street, Manchester, NH

Start:  Clem Lemire Field

 

Friday, May 5 – Pine Grove Cemetery

Parking:  Our Lady of Cedars Church Parking Lot, 140 Mitchell Street, Manchester, NH. Park away from the building at the outer edge of the lot

Start:  Parking Lot for a short distance on a sidewalk to the entrance of the cemetery

 

Monday, May 8 – River Walk

Parking:  Parking lot directly across from Second St Laundromat

Start:  Parking lot up a flight of stairs to access Rails to Trail, which is paved with some small hills.  The trail will end and the walk will continue on the streets for a short distance in a quiet neighborhood.

 

Wednesday, May 10 – Stark Park

Parking: Inside Stark Park near Gazebo (not on the grass)

Start:  River Road heading north towards SNHU, mostly on sidewalks, but this trail is one big hill

 

Friday, May 12 – Comcast

Parking: Street parking on Brickett Road, Manchester, NH, off of Island Pond Road

Start: Parking lot. Only some of the walk has mostly level sidewalks with low traffic volume

 

Monday, May 15 – Brookside Church

Parking: On-street parking in front of Brookside Church (cannot use their parking lot)

Start: 2013 Elm St, Manchester, NH 03104. The walk will use sidewalks until you reach Stark Park; where the trail is mostly even with some inclines within the park

 

Wednesday, May 17 – Camp Carpenter

Parking: Camp Carpenter parking lot

Start: 300 Blondin Road, Manchester, NH 03109 on a wooded trail around a pond.  This trail is shaded with small hills

 

Friday, May 19 – Massabesic Ball Park

Parking: The ballpark parking lot, Londonderry Turnpike across the street from lake.

Start: From parking lot onto Rockingham Recreational Trail on a wooded trail, flat and partly paved.

 

Monday, May 22 – Nutts Pond

Parking:  Manchester Commons Shopping, 375 South Willow St, Manchester, NH.  Park on the side of old Shaws

Start:  From parking lot onto paved Rails to Trail in a wooded area on mostly even ground

 

Wednesday, May 24 – West Side Ice Arena

Parking: West Side Ice Arena, 1 Electric St, Manchester, NH

Start: In parking lot

 

Friday, May 26 – River Walk

Parking:  Parking lot directly across from Second St Laundromat

Start:  Parking lot up a flight of stairs to access Rails to Trail, which is paved with some small hills.  The trail will end and the walk will continue on the streets for a short distance in a quiet neighborhood.

 

Monday, May 29 – Cullerot Park

Parking:  West Little League parking lot, 430 Youville St, Manchester, NH

Start: From parking lot on side streets, mostly with sidewalks, to Mount Calvary Cemetery

 

Wednesday, May 31 – Lake Massabesic

Parking: Lake parking lot, 16 Londonderry Turnpike, Auburn, NH

Start: From parking lot east onto Rockingham Recreational Trail on a wooded, flat trail

 

April and June dates will be listed separately on our website.

Participants are welcome to walk as far as their comfort level takes them.  But remember to fill out your mile sheet weekly, because every mile walked enters one raffle ticket into the end of year raffle drawings!

Remember to wear firm, comfortable footwear and loose clothing.  There will be a one-time $3.00 registration fee to help defray some of the program expenses.  In case of inclement weather, walks will be held at the Mall of New Hampshire.

If you get hooked in the spring, a fall session will run from September through November!  For more information, call the Parks, Recreation & Cemetery Division at (603) 624-6444.

So break out those sneakers and experience your favorite morsels of Manchester this spring with a walk through the Queen City!

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