Take a stroll with “Alameda Walks!”

Alameda WalksThis Saturday will be the first of the “Alameda Walks!” a series of hour-long, morning strolls around different neighborhoods in our fine town.

Hosted by the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth & Families in partnership with the city’s Park and Recreation Department and Pedestrian-Friendly Alameda, the community walk program is now in its fourth year.

The Collaborative’s co-chairs Mayor Beverly Johnson, School District Trustee Janet Gibson, and Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker often join the group, which is out and about the first three weekends of each month, May through October. “We just walk. It’s not a history walk. It’s not a power walk,” says Audrey Lord-Hausman of the Youth Collaborative. “It’s a chance to meet some neighbors, and explore the nooks and crannies of Alameda.”

All walks start at 9 a.m. and are routed through different neighborhoods. “People get a chance to know each other and explore new places,” says Lord-Hausman. “I’ve heard people say, ‘My gosh I was born and raised here and never knew this was here.'”

The first stroll of the season will be this Saturday, May 3. Participants will meet at the Lincoln Park High Street entrance (between Central and Santa Clara), for a meander that includes Alameda’s often-unexplored East Shore neighborhood. On the May 10, walkers will meet at Central and Gibbons to explore the a Sather Mound area and on May 17 the meeting spot is at Encinal High. The complete schedule is here.