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A step in the right direction

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It is now even easier to explore all that Maroondah has on offer with a range of walking trails being mapped out across the municipality.

The walking trails were identified as part of the community consultation undertaken in the development of Council’s Open Space Strategy 2016 and the Physical Activity Strategy.

“Research undertaken during the development of these strategies showed that membership in traditional sports is decreasing with more people opting for informal exercise like walking, running and cycling,” Cr Dib said.

“In Maroondah walking is the number one form of exercise for those over 15 years, with a particular focus on people aged 65 plus,” Cr Dib said.

“In the senior years, walking will increasingly become important for maintaining health, wellbeing, mobility, and community connections. And most importantly walking is the most easily accessible form of exercise as it is available right outside your doorstep and at no cost,” Cr Dib said.

“Unfortunately, our research indicated that only 35 per cent of residents in Maroondah are undertaking enough activity to achieve health benefits,” Cr Dib said.

“To try to encourage more people to get active in Maroondah, Council has identified 22 circuits across all suburbs in Maroondah that link reserves, playgrounds, schools, kindergartens, shops and public transport,” Cr Dib said.

“The routes are designed so that you don’t need to cross any main roads, making them safer with less interruptions to your walk,” Cr Dib said.

“The routes are all between two and four kilometres in length, so they suit all fitness levels including those wanting to utilise them as training runs for specific distances. For those wanting a bit more of a challenge there are courses that involve hill climbs or steps,” Cr Dib said.

“To make it easy to navigate the routes, Council has started to install yellow footprint symbols on the footpaths and trails, with signage and directional bollards to be rolled out across all of the routes in the coming months,” Cr Dib said.

“These markers ensure the trails can be easily navigated, with people able to join the route from anywhere along the trail,” Cr Dib said.

For those keen to get out and explore the trails there are three routes already mapped out in Croydon Hills, Ringwood North (north of Loughnan Rd), and The Range Estate (east of Dorset Rd).

The next to be mapped are in Croydon East, Bayswater North, Heathmont and Ainslie Park.
In addition, there are 13 existing circuits within individual reserves, including Dorset Recreation Reserve which has a 3.5km loop with distance markers every 500m.

There are also eight existing heritage and nature trails and the main shared trails along the Mullum Mullum Creek, Dandenong Creek, Tarralla Creek, Brushy Creek, Heathmont Rail Line and EastLink.

To find out more about the trails, or to download a map visit our Parks & Paths page.

Did you know? There are also economic community connectivity and health and environment benefits associated with encouraging more people to walk, especially to work or school, as helps to ease congestion, reduce greenhouse emissions, improve people’s health and promote a greater sense of community as people are continually connecting with new locations and people.

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