Astoria Parks and Recreation gears up for Year of Wellness


By Sue Cody


New Years Run 2016As we head into 2016, which has been declared a Year of Wellness by the Clatsop County Commission, Way to Wellville focuses on physical activity during the month of January.


About 30 brave souls faced the wind and cold for the New Year’s Day Fun Run along the Astoria Riverwalk. The 5K event was sponsored by the Astoria Parks and Recreation Department (APRD). The event drew more participants than last year, said Erin Reilly preschool recreation coordinator.


In November, the 5K Gobbler Gallup’s numbers were boosted by the “I will walk 2,000 miles program,” said Terra Patterson, recreation coordinator for APRD. The 2000 miles program is sponsored by Way to Wellville and the National Park Service.


A Wellness Challenge begins Jan. 14, at APRD. The challenge is a 10-week course with two meetings a week. One is in a classroom, discussing such topics as nutrition, cooking, exercise, setting goals, motivation techniques and stress management. The second is an exercise class that all participants do together, such as cycling or light weight training. In addition, participants receive a punch pass to use for one swim or one recreation center use per week. Cost of the challenge is $100 per person, or groups may sign up for a $10 discount per person. The maximum discount is $40.


Two new fitness classes have been added to the regular offerings, Patterson said.

• Stretch and Tone: a non-cardio workout that focuses on strength and toning.

• Boot Camp: a cardio workout without running, dancing or cycling. It provides a healthy sweat from a variety of exercises, such as work stations and using weights.


“The Aquatic Center also offers lots of options for exercising,” Patterson said.


For a list of classes, prices and more information visit