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Physical Activity

People tend to move more when they easily access safe places to walk, run, roll, and play. Increasing physical activity throughout Chatham County is the primary aim of Healthy Savannah’s physical activity work.

Using the CDC-inspired Active People, Healthy Savannah initiative, Healthy Savannah backs complete streets ordinances and simplified zoning rules to mend neighborhoods divided by car-centric planning and policies.  We also:
  • Supported the construction of a 30-mile urban loop around the City of Savannah, known as Tide to Town. Phase one has been completed.
  • Conducted walking audits in key communities to glean important perspectives and data about neighborhood walkability and residents’ wants and needs.
  • Organized walking school buses, which help kids walk to school in groups with adult volunteers.

Tide to Town

Tide to Town is a project for a 30 mile walking and biking trail that will emcompass Savannah. The first three miles are at the Truman Linear Park Trail. Tide to Town will address the urgent public safety issue of crashes between drivers and walkers/bikers and will be designed with the entire community in mind. To read more about this strategy visit: tidetotown.org.

Healthy Walks

The weekly Tuesday Healthy Walks introduce the Savannah community to safe local trails and pathways. The goal is to highlight the places where Chatham County residents will be able to engage in safe physical activity. The walks are accompanied by a Facebook live to inform Savannah of upcoming events of the month or the week. To know the walks' schedule, visit our calendar HERE

Equitable Parks

Healthy Savannah and Equitable Cities analyzed six Savannah parks and created a report on how these parks can be improved to be more equitable and accessible by the community.

Walking School Buses

Healthy Savannah has collaborated with SCCPSS to launch school buses at several locations throughout the City of Savannah and offer students a safe way to walk to school and be physically active.

Biking & Pedestrian Planning

Healthy Savannah has collaborated with City staff, Metropolitan Planning Commission Staff, and local stakeholders to ensure that local planning emphasizes improved non-motorized infrastructure.

Community Impact

New Zoning Ordinance Paves Way for a Healthier Community in Savannah

The City of Savannah Zoning Ordinance was developed in 1960 and remained stagnant as the city grew and developed. The ordinance continued to stall and delay the progress needed to meet the demands of Savannah’s growing neighborhoods. The updated zoning ordinance (NewZO) greatly improves the accessibility of the ordinance and makes key improvements such as the creation of connected street networks that support walking, biking, and access to bus routes. NewZO promotes mixed use to allow small-scale development to support neighborhood stability.

Read more about NewZO here.

Healthy Walks Encourage Chatham County Residents to Get Up and Active

1 in 4 adults and 1 in 5 high school students fully meet physical activity guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. Barriers such as lack of access to safe walking routes or public parks limit recreation opportunities for the community, specifically in low-wealth neighborhoods.

The Healthy Savannah team is introducing the community to local trails and pathways around Chatham County through Facebook Live. Using their weekly 2-mile walks, Healthy Savannah encourages people to explore the trails with them or on their own.

Read more about Healthy Savannah’s Healthy Walks here.

See the Healthy Walks story map.

Tide to Town Connects Communities in Chatham County

Residents in Savannah, Georgia struggle to meet recommended physical activity guidelines. The lack of safe and accessible spaces to engage in outdoor physical activities presents a significant obstacle. Tide to Town, a planned 30-mile network of walking and biking trails, will provide protected spaces for physical activity and serve an important role in transportation. The early phases of Tide to Town are complete and open to the public. Growing support from the City of Savannah and the people will help secure the project’s future.

Read more about Tide to Town here.

News

Activities

23 April 2024
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Goodwill, 7220 Sallie Mood Dr
Savannah, GA 31406 United States

Meet at Goodwill.

30 April 2024
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Kelly Temple Church of Christ, 1101 Stiles Ave
Savannah, 31425 United States

Meet at Kelly Temple Church of Christ

07 May 2024
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Retha Mae McCoy, 240 Riverview Dr
Savannah, 31404 United States
14 May 2024
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Half Moon Lake Trailhead, 1348 Little Neck Rd
Savannah, 31419 United States
21 May 2024
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Heartwood at Richmond Hill, 35 Outfitters Park Drive
Richmond Hill, GA 31324 United States
28 May 2024
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Laurel Grove North, 1110 May St
Savannah, 31415 United States

Meet at West Broad Street YMCA

04 June 2024
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Al Bungard Conservation Area, 6700 Chief of Love Rd
Savannah, 31419 United States
11 June 2024
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Bloomingdale Elementary School, 101 E. Main St
Bloomingdale, 31302 United States
18 June 2024
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Taylor Square, 165 E. Gordon St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Meet at Taylor Square

25 June 2024
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Tybee YMCA, 204 5th St
Tybee Island, 31328 United States

Meet at Tybee YMCA

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