Location: Thurston County, Washington, population 269,536
The Problem: Adults are reporting low levels of physical activity, and the city has a low Walk Score.
Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Approach: Active Design for a Healthier Thurston County addresses a need for better conditions to support physical activity in key areas of the county. The project will include a complete study of walking environments and the identification and implementation of walkability improvements in both the trail system and in nearby dense, low-income neighborhoods. By making these updates, such as new paths and wayfinding signs, the city will see improvements such as increased use of trails, safer trails, and a reduced cost of living from lower transportation costs.