Apr 3, 2009
Edinburg kicked off its Healthy Living Festival this morning in conjunction with the National Walk to Work Day. My brother Mark Peña (shown speaking in the photograph), was the chief organizer of today's event. Booths from local businesses along with countless others in the "green community" were present today.
Edinburg's Channel 12 carried the event live, in that it was the first event held in our new City Hall's western plaza.
The purpose of the elebration was to promote walking and bicycling in Edinburg and to improve the quality of life, the sustainability of the community, and the overall health of citizens. The event highlighted available pedestrian and bicycling facilities in the city including sidewalks, bike lanes and hike and bike trails.
The event is part of the city’s ongoing efforts to address goals included in the US Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement which was adopted by the City of Edinburg on July 15, 2008. These include creating a compact, walkable urban community and promoting transportation options such as bicycle lanes and trails.
Our thanks to the sponsors: the City of Edinburg,the Edinburg Environment Advisory Board, CoolCities Edinburg, Los Caminos Del Rio, the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, the Women's Clinic of South Texas, UTPA's Wellness and Recreational Sports Complex, CoffeeZone, Ruiz and Oliver, the Good Samaritan Society, and REC Engineering.