A New Step for Mental Health in Stark County

On June 1, 2019, celebrate National Trails Day and help us unveil the brand new Mindfulness Walk at Petros Lake Park.  From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., enjoy family-friendly fun activities, guided tours, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and giveaways. Be sure to wear good walking shoes!
Stark Parks and Stark Mental Health Addiction & Recovery (StarkMHAR) have partnered to create a Mindfulness Walk at Petros Lake Park. Much like an exercise trail with movement stations placed along the route, the Mindfulness Walk offers activities related to the mind instead of the body. Rather than places to do sit-ups and pull-ups, users will find activities such as a zen sand garden, a musical instrument, stacking stones, and a labyrinth to help them relax and focus their awareness of movement. Stations along the one-mile trail will be placed about every tenth of a mile, and are clearly marked with a  sign that offers the walker a different way to embrace the moment. Stations were developed by combining existing natural elements with input from clinicians to maximize the benefits of the walk.

While many might anecdotally report that walking is a good stress reliever, Stark County will soon have a trail dedicated to offering people the opportunity practice mindfulness, or the “non-judgemental awareness that comes from paying purposeful attention to the present moment,” as it is clinically described. This could contribute to what makes people feel “good” after walking or other physical activities, and the Mindfulness Walk aims to increase the availability of self-care tools for residents of Stark County and beyond.

We invite you to be a part of a new step for mental health in Stark County and encourage frequent visits throughout the year.