Earth Day in Lake Station (copy)

Lake Station residents walk around Grand Boulevard on a past Earth Day. The city is hosting a workshop to discuss how to make the city more walkable and  bikeable.

John Luke, Times file photo

The city of Lake Station is hosting a workshop next week to discuss how to make the community healthier.

The so-called Active Living Workshop takes place at 9 a.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 1969 Central Ave. The event will bring together government staff, civic leaders and residents to brainstorm ways to help Lake Station become more walkable, bikeable and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.

"There's a correlation between striving communities being active communities," Lake Station Mayor Christopher Anderson said. "We here would like to be an active community. This workshop gives us an opportunity to be able to generate some ideas and planning to further that goal."

The workshops are being presented this fall by the Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program and Health by Design, a statewide coalition that works to create healthier built environments, or a community's infrastructure. The other program is being held in Greencastle, Indiana.

Wednesday's event will discuss how to build upon assets in place and projects already underway in Lake Station. The presenters will help identify the community's priorities by leading attendees through group exercises, such as a walk audit to assess the walkability of the sidewalks and streets.

Anderson said the city has made improvements to its built environment in recent years, including a new lake trail and recreation area, but still has a ways to go.

"I think one of the things we want to work and focus on is making it easier for people to cross the road in certain areas. We have a couple of busy intersections, " he said. "Ideally someone would be able to leave the house and walk to the store and walk to the park."

The event is limited to 50 attendees. To register, call the Lake Station mayor's office at 219-850-1316.

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Health reporter

Giles is the health reporter for The Times, covering the business of health care as well as consumer and public health. He previously wrote about health for the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.