After dinner walking group

After dinner walking group

Central Sydney walking tour for over 55s

Sydney’s active older residents received a culture boost with a free after-dark, guided walking tour of this year’s Vivid displays.

The City of Sydney-supported walking tour follows the inaugural after dinner walking group tour of Walsh Bay, which proved the city can be both exciting and safe at night for an older generation.

The walking group participants were eager to sign up for the tour of Vivid on Tuesday 27 May 2014, to see the unique annual event of light and music that illuminates Sydney’s famous architecture, including the Harbour Bridge and the sails of Sydney Opera House.

The original concept for the after dinner walking group project was inspired by the OPEN Sydney Night-Time Economy Strategy and Action Plan 2013-2030.

By 2030, the City hopes the night-time economy will see 40 per cent of people using the City at night being over 40, and that 40 per cent of operating businesses at this time will be shops.  

While anyone can join the new walking group, it is targeted at Sydney residents aged over 55 and aims to bring together like-minded people who are already active and want to stay fit by walking and exploring Sydney’s outdoor attractions.

The Australian Medical Association of NSW is also supporting the walking group initiative. Vice President Dr Saxon Smith said it was great to see an initiative that encouraged enjoyable ways of keeping fit.

The after dinner walking group is part of the City of Sydney’s aim to encourage walking for the benefits it brings to individuals and the community. To increase walking levels, the City aims to ensure walking is a pleasurable, rewarding and practical way of moving through Sydney’s streets.

Our residents have told us that while we offer a fantastic program of activities and events for older people at our various community centres during the day time, but there needs to be more on offer for older people after dark.

Judging by the overwhelming response to the first Walsh Bay walk, Sydney’s older walkers relish the opportunity to get active and really enjoy the city together when the sun goes down. .

Contacts

To RSVP or for more details:

Jessica Mayr
Community Worker02 9244 3696

Last updated: Friday, 23 May 2014