Maps' message: Get moving, Osakis!An effort to get people more physically active in Douglas County is stepping up.
By: Al Edenloff, Alexandria Echo Press
An effort to get people more physically active in Douglas County is stepping up.
Just in time for a fall walk, Active Living Douglas County has released a series of five walking maps for residents and visitors of Osakis to enjoy.
The walking maps were created to encourage walking and exploring throughout the beautiful lakes area of Osakis.
Maps highlighting scenic and historic places to walk in Alexandria were released this past spring. Additional maps are being planned for Evansville and Brandon in 2011.
Each Osakis map features walking routes of approximately two to three miles.
The chosen routes provide walkers various looks at the community, including city streets, lakeshore views, park land and the Central Lakes Trail. A detailed description of the walking surface is also provided for people who may have special needs, such as wheelchairs and strollers.
With the help of the Osakis Heritage Center, the Douglas County Historical Society and Osakis residents, each map was labeled with four or five notable community landmarks.
Among the landmarks highlighted are the Cyclone House, the Stage Station, Osakis City Hall and Idlewilde Resort.
On the maps’ flip side, walkers can learn historical information about each marked location.
A laminated copy of each of the five walking maps can be found at the following locations: Osakis Heritage Center, Osakis City Hall, Osakis Medical Clinic, Osakis Public School, Gas Mart of Osakis, Adium Gas Station, Sportsman’s Motel and RV Park, Galeon, Osakis Meats and Deli, and First National Bank of Osakis.
Electronic copies of all five maps can also be found online at www.activelivingdc.com.
The Osakis walking maps are part of a larger countywide program, administered by Active Living Douglas County, to encourage residents and visitors to get physical activity by exploring Douglas County using non-motorized transportation.
Active Living Douglas County reminds people to bundle up, wear appropriate foot gear and take all necessary safety precautions while walking during the winter months.