Walking Trail Plans Underway for Franklin Campus - Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

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Published on June 15, 2016

Walking Trail Plans Underway for Franklin Campus

Walking Trail at Franklin HospitalPlans are well underway for the addition of a walking trail to the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – Franklin campus. The Franklin Walking Trail project consists of the construction of the Trail, a one-mile path around the perimeter of the Franklin hospital and the installation of a variety of features, including benches, gardens, exercise stations, a multi-purpose recreational field, and distance markers.

This Trail will be open for use by patients, hospital associates, community members from Franklin, Oak Creek, Greendale, St. Francis, Milwaukee, and South Milwaukee, and for community events such as community gardening, educational activities for local schools, programming for at-risk youth, and public walk/run fundraising events.

Franklin hospital sits on 55 acres of beautiful, natural landscape and was designed to make patients feel better from the moment they walk in the door, providing a soothing, comforting atmosphere because we believe that calm surroundings have a positive impact on a patient’s ability to heal. Wildlife is easily visible through the expansive windows that are integral to the hospital’s physical design. The mile-long Franklin Walking Trail will bring people associated with the hospital and community members closer to nature and offer multiple opportunities to improve their health and well-being. The construction of the Franklin Walking Trail is truly an extension of Franklin's dedication to serving patients and the community.

How to Support the Walking Trail

Fundraising to help support the construction of the trail is currently underway. You too can help support this project my making a gift to the Franklin Community Wellness Fund here.

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Walking Trail Plans Underway for Franklin Campus