Active Design for a Healthier Thurston County

Location: Thurston County, Washington, population 269,536

The Problem: Adults are reporting low levels of physical activity, and the city has a low Walk Score.

smiling manHealthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Approach: Active Design for a Healthier Thurston County addresses a need for better conditions to support physical activity in key areas of the county. The project will include a complete study of walking environments and the identification and implementation of walkability improvements in both the trail system and in nearby dense, low-income neighborhoods.  By making these updates, such as new paths and wayfinding signs, the city will see improvements such as increased use of trails, safer trails, and a reduced cost of living from lower transportation costs.

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