Tacoma, put on your walking shoes: Sixth season of Walk Tacoma starts next week

The sixth season of Walk Tacoma begins next week, not coincidentally on National Walking Day.

Walk Tacoma is a nine-event walking series held during the lunch hour and after work on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, starting in April and ending in August. The themed walks are meant to encourage people to enjoy downtown on foot by introducing new walking routes, according to a news release, and sharing information about the community and its history through the guided tours.

This year’s series kicks off Wednesday, April 1, at noon in Wright Park. The walk will be a 1.5-mile history walk through the park and the Stadium District led by Melissa McGinnis of Metro Parks, former Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, and local blogger Derek Young.

The walk will start on the south side of the park by the lion sculptures. No registration is necessary, and the event is free.

This year, local walkers also will be part of a “Walk Around the World” challenge. People can log their walks on the Trip Calendar at PierceTrips.com to earn prizes and be a part of the community program.