West BayFit and West BayWalks to Launch July 7 at Bayview Park
West Bay Walks
A collaboration between the Our West Bayfront, Gannon University and the Erie County Department of Health is launching West Bayfit and West Baywalks – a series of recreational activities for all ages – on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. starting July 7 at Bayview Park, located at West Second and Cherry streets.
The six-week recreational series features an array of activities and events with a health and wellness focus.
West BayFit will include a different sports activity each week that is provided by community partners including coaching staff and sports teams at Erie High School, Erie Express, Erie Outlaws, Spoons League, and McDowell High School.
Additional activities are provided each week by partners including the Hagen History Center, the expERIEnce Children’s Museum, Feeding Minds and Families, Industrial Row, and hoop dancer Jennifer Dennehy. Games for younger participants are provided by the First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant.
This year, West BayWalks will run concurrently with West BayFit. West BayWalks is a summer walking series that provides self-guided themed walks throughout the West Bayfront neighborhoods. Topics include the “Bay-Rat Beat,” created by David Frew, a Jefferson Educational Society scholar in residence who created this walk based on his essays, “On the Waterfront.” Gannon’s Feeding Minds and Families also created a nature walk and Preservation Erie developed a walk focused on historical homes. Walking guides will be available at West BayFit each week or at www.ourwestbayfront.org/walks.
RokkBoxx will provide live music during each event.
Participants can also purchase fresh produce that will be available from Burch Farms.
To help keep our West Bayfront community health, free COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to all participants aged 12 and up each week. The Pfizer vaccine will be provided by UPMC Hamot. No registration is required. Children ages 12 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
For more details about West BayFit and West BayWalks – including a weekly schedule of events – or to receive a weekly email with the West BayWalk route map, visit ourwestbayfront.org/event/wbf2021