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Photo essay: 3K walk in Sherman Park kicks off Healthy County Challenge

April 3, 2022  |  Topics: Events

By Eddee Daniel

The gloomy sky and wintry snowfall didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits on Saturday morning (April 2). The 3K Walk in Sherman Park was the kickoff to a series of events being called the Milwaukee Healthy County Challenge. It was well-attended, with an impressive lineup of dignitaries, including County Executive David Crowley, Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson, County Supervisor Felesia Martin, Parks Director Guy Smith, and Damian Buchman, founder and director of The Ability Center.

The goals of the Challenge are community building and making Milwaukee County the healthiest in the state. The series of events, which will continue through May, are organized jointly by Milwaukee County Parks, the Milwaukee Parks Foundation, and The Ability Center, whose mission is to help people impacted by disabilities become fit, active, and healthy.

Stretching and warm up for the 3K walk.
Luis Hernandez and Parks Director Guy Smith lead the crowd.
Left foreground, Damian Buchman of The Ability Center and right, County Executive David Crowley
Despite the gloom, Sherman Park provides a stately setting for the event.
Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson and Marquette Trinity Fellow Favian Gonzalez on the Walk.
Damian and Sydney (in wheel chairs) make a break for it…
…and easily speed away from the crowd.
Some took a detour from the walk at the park playground.
Sydney demonstrates her layup.

More information about the Milwaukee Healthy County Challenge can be found on Facebook.

More information about the April 2 event in Sherman Park is on Fox 6 News.

Milwaukee County Parks Department is a project partner of A Wealth of Nature. Eddee Daniel is a board member of Preserve Our Parks.