History on the Move offers a walk (or run) through Civic Park days gone by

FLINT, Michigan—Flint will host its first-ever History on the Move walk/run, a guided tour through the historic Civic Park neighborhood that focuses on providing a neighborhood-based fitness while also telling the history of this storied neighborhood. 

Modeled after a similar event in Chicago, Flint’s walk/run is free and open to the public. Volunteers from UM-Flint will guide participants through nine different tour stops including the Civic Park Pharmacy, Hidden Park, Basset Park, Civic Park Elementary School, Comers Market, Balkan Bakery and Haskell Center. 

History on the Move starts at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at Joy Tabernacle Church, 2505 N. Chevrolet Ave. with a mindfulness exercise and a brief introduction to Civic Park history. Participants can choose between a 1.5 mile or 5K journey through Civic Park, starting at 5:45. 

For those who aren’t as well-acquainted with Civic Park, the walk/run will provide an active introduction that is especially relevant this year as the neighborhood celebrates its centennial, said Jori Reigle, the event organizer and a clinical adjunct lecturer in University of Michigan-Flint’s School of Nursing.  

"It's a way for the Civic Park community to have pride in its history and have pride in engaging in healthy activities," said Reigle, who also serves as group leader for the neighborhood Crim Fit group. "Healthy environments help strengthen healthy communities and have healthy people." 

History on the Move will close with pizza and refreshments at Joy Tabernacle. 

It is supported through the Flint Truth and Action Partnership grant’s commitment to promoting health and wellness. Partners include Joy Tabernacle Church, the Urban Renaissance Center and UM-Flint Department of History.

For more information or to register, visit the Eventbrite page.

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