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Have fields of fun at the Mercury Mile walk Wednesday

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The permaculture garden located at 301 Walnut St. is open to the public and had edible plants such as cherry trees. There is a walking path for easy access.

By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury

POTTSTOWN >> Stop and smell the flowers this Wednesday with a short walk while learning about a Pottstown Community Field Day.

This week’s Mercury Mile will begin from the permaculture garden in Pottstown which is located at 301 Walnut St. The garden has many native plants including edibles like cherries. People are welcome to pick and eat. An outdoor mile walk will start from the garden noon Wednesday.

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Mercury Mile participants walk through the Pottstown community garden located at 615 Chestnut St. MOSAIC Pottstown community garden manager Laura Washington, back and to the far left, hosted the walk. This week’s Mercury Mile will explore some of Pottstown’s community gardens while learning about a field day on Aug. 27. Michilea Patterson — Digital First Media

During the walk, participants will learn about a Community Field Day happening Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Genesis Housing along with several other organizations are providing families with a day of fun. The event will have music, healthy food samplings and plenty of fitness activities. The field day will be held at the Chestnut Street Park which is located at the intersection of Chestnut and Washington Streets.

The event will include several activity stations that will last about five minutes each. Everyone will have an opportunity to try each activity. A DJ will signal when it’s time for families to switch. After people complete each station then they’ll receive a token. Participants that complete 10 stations with equates to 45 minutes of exercise will get a free gift.

As of now, CustomFit Training, the Pottstown Athletic Club, Art Fusion 19464 and The Hill School will have volunteers managing activity stations. There will also be general activities like jump roping.

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A girl runs through an obstacle course set up by the Pottstown YMCA in Memorial Park. On Aug. 27, there will be a Community Field Day in Pottstown with activity stations at Chestnut Street Park.

The event is still looking for additional vendors to organize an activity station as well as vendors who would just like to do an information table. Also organizers are still looking for donations of raffle prizes and gifts to give to family participants. For more information about the Aug. 27 field day event or if interested in being a vendor, contact Laura Washington at the email wash500@msn.com. For more about the community gardens or Genesis Housing, visit the Mosaic Community Land Trust website at mosaicclt.org.

The Mercury Mile is weekly and promotes walking and other fitness activities as a free exercise. Sometimes, different businesses or organizations host the weekly activity. The walk has travelled from one organization to the next encouraging people to walk at lunch and come together as a community. Walkers are asked to bring business cards or contact information to exchange with one another.

To find each week’s location, visit the Fit for Life website pottsmercfit4life.com and like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/Mercfit4life. Walkers can also be added to The Mercury Mile email list by contacting Patterson at mpatterson@pottsmerc.com. If there is inclement weather Wednesday afternoon then the walk will be cancelled. Please check the Fit for Life Facebook for updates.

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