WalkArlington in partnership with Pathforward Present
Walk & Learn: Understanding the Lives of People Experiencing Homelessness in Arlington
Join WalkArlington and PathForward for an opportunity to walk and learn about the lives of people experiencing homelessness in our community.
On this 1 1/4-hour walk, PathForward staff members will share details of their organization’s work to care for and ensure the dignity of unhoused people in Arlington by providing them with medical services, street outreach, meals, and support in finding permanent supportive housing and a path to stability.
PathForward will also share their knowledge about some of the challenges people experiencing homelessness face in their daily lives–challenges many of us probably aren’t aware of.
The walk will start at the Clarendon Metro. We will make our way toward the Homeless Services Center in the Courthouse neighborhood of Arlington, stopping at significant places in the neighborhood along the way.
Participants should feel free to ask questions and participate in the experience.
People of all ages and abilities are welcome on all WalkArlington walks.
Walk marshals, who will be wearing orange reflective vests, will be on hand to assist anyone needing help on the walk. You can approach them at any time during the walk for help or notify them beforehand if you will need their help.
If you have questions about accessibility, or need to request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, sighted guide or alternative formats of written materials not addressed here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mary Dallao at 703-597-7298 by September 9, 2022.
Join WalkArlington, BikeArlington, and Arlington Public Library for Balaclavas & Baklava, a fun winter accessory-making workshop. Sewing experts from the library and BikeArlington teams will teach you to make your own balaclava (a warm full-head covering similar to a ski mask) or a pair of ear warmers to help you feel comfortable walking and biking all winter long. You will have the option to use a sewing machine or sew by hand. All skill levels are welcome and all materials needed will be provided.
There will also be some dessert treats (including delicious baklava) and warm beverages to share while we trade tips and secrets about walking and biking in winter.
The event is free, but RSVPs are requested. Space is limited so don’t delay signing up!
On the morning of Monday, January 16, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, join us in Arlington, Virginia, to clean up litter and debris on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, a beautiful trail that’s enjoyed by cyclists and walkers alike.
As Dr. King once said, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” Let’s honor his wish by caring for the trail and making it an even nicer place for others to bike and walk! All are welcome.
What We’ll Do
We’ll start on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail where it intersects with Columbia Pike. Look for the Bike/WalkArlington tent! We’ll work our way down the W&OD toward South George Mason Drive.
We’ll focus on picking up the litter and trash that gathers in the vegetation near the side of the trail. Refreshments and some fun giveaways will be provided as a thank-you to all who come out for the cleanup.
Spread the word and invite your friends to join us!
This event is free, but registration is required. The cleanup will be held rain or shine. If there is severe weather, we will cancel this event.
What to Bring
• Trash Pickers or Grabbers
• Sun protection
Trash bags will be available onsite. A limited supply of gloves, trash pickers, and grabbers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
What to Wear
Wear comfortable shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. The area has a lot of vegetation, so pants are recommended.
Getting to the Event
This location is served by transit, multi-use trails, and Capital Bikeshare. Use Car Free Near Me to check out your transportation options.
Contact WalkArlington at email@example.com with any questions.
On Saturday, April 22, join us as we clean up litter and debris on the W&OD Trail. This event is part of a series of events being organized all around the county on that day by Rails to Trails Conservancy in honor of Celebrate Trails Day. Learn more about the national celebration here.
We’ll start on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail at the trailhead near the intersection of Four Mile Run Drive and Shirlington Rd. Look for the orange and blue Bike/WalkArlington tent on the trail. We’ll work our way down the W&OD toward Walter Reed Drive and beyond. We’ll focus on picking up the litter and trash that gathers near the side of the trail.
WalkArlington, in partnership with the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington and Columbia Pike Partnership, presents a Juneteenth Black Heritage Walk.
Discover Black heritage in Arlington on a walk to honor Juneteenth led by Craig Syphax, a board member and former president of the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington and a member of the well-known Syphax family.
This two-hour walk will take place along the Pike and will include a guided walk with stops at St. John’s Baptist Church, Freedman’s Village Bridge, and more. Along the route, Craig will discuss the history of some of these significant sites, in addition to his family’s deep-rooted history in and around Arlington. The walk will end at the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington, which participants can feel free to explore afterwards.
NEED TO KNOW
We’ll meet at the Towers Park sign near the back of the church, located at Columbia Pike & S. Scott St.
Do you enjoy walking or biking? Do you enjoy spending time in nature? If so, come meet with Bike and WalkArlington staff to learn more about volunteer opportunities with both organizations. Whether you’d like to help prepare customized bike routes, participate in community events with us, or serve as a bike or walk marshal for group rides and walks, there are many ways you can support our active transportation programs. It’s a great way to contribute to our community, meet new people, and have fun!
We will provide free refreshments and giveaways for those who attend.
We’ll be in the Campbell Room of Shirlington Library.
Please RSVP so we can be sure to have enough supplies and snacks for everyone.