CITY OF ELIZABETH NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 25 BEST WALKING CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES

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CITY OF ELIZABETH NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 25 BEST WALKING CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES

 

ELIZABETH, NJ—April 3, 2012— Mayor J. Christian Bollwage announced that the City of Elizabeth has been named among the top 25 Best Walking Cities in the United States by Prevention Magazine.

“This is truly an honor and this demonstrates tremendous strides and improvements that the City of Elizabeth has achieved over the years,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “We must continue these endeavors to ensure future generations have a healthy environment to enjoy and continue to make Elizabeth the premiere destination to live, work and raise a family.”

With a Walk Score of 71.8, Elizabeth ranked as the 16th Best Walking City in America. The score is an online tool that helps people evaluate walkability and transportation when choosing where to live. And according to Prevention “with Elizabeth’s plentiful parks and mass-transit stops to Manhattan makes it a walker's dream.”

Also highlighted in this feature was Warinanco Park, which is among the City’s forty-six parks, for promoting a healthy lifestyle, due to its array of activities from ice skating to baseball, soccer and football fields. Also noting it was once a former landfill, making the development the ultimate in recycled goods.

Elizabeth is known for making former landfill sites home to successful ventures. In 1999, Jersey Gardens, one of the largest outlet malls on the East Coast opened its doors in Port Elizabeth. The 170 acre former Brownfield, which laid dormant for nearly two decades, is now booming with two hundred stores and restaurants.  Today, more than 15 million shoppers have visited Jersey Gardens each year, creating millions of dollars in revenue for the City.

The unique combination of Brownfield remediation, economic development, tourism, and business attractions continue to prove successful in Elizabeth’s revitalization.

 “Sections of Elizabeth have just been revamped to improve pedestrian safety and walking conditions with new traffic signals, additional LED crossing signs, new curbing with handicapped accessibility, new sidewalks and striping,” said Councilman Manny Grova. “As one of four cities in New Jersey to make this list, I hope we can be inspired to continue to keep our environment strong.”

Walkscore.com, the site that ultimately created the score, states that their mission is to promote walkable neighborhoods. Low scores in the 40s and 50s translate as “car dependent” neighborhoods, while high ones, in the 80s and 90s, demonstrate “walkable” or “very walkable” areas.

To view Elizabeth and other top Walking Cities, please visit the article at http://www.prevention.com/fitness/fitness-tips/best-us-cities-walkers.