Walk in the Park program
A partnership program between Blind Sports Victoria and Parks Victoria
The Walk in the Park program provides group walks in parks for visitors who are blind or vision impaired. This is made possible through the provision of volunteers trained as park companions, to assist visitors with park orientation, sign reading and to provide verbal descriptions of the surrounding natural environment. The program operates in selected parks in Melbourne, Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula. The program also provides organised group camps in some of Victoria’s iconic national parks.
The Walk in the Park program enables participants to experience the benefits associated with visiting parks such as:
- Assisting individuals in maintaining a healthy level of fitness and general wellbeing.
- Providing an opportunity for social interaction in a park setting through the provision of trained volunteer park companions and group park visits.
- Building individual knowledge and understanding of the recreational opportunities that parks offer through participation in walks and camps in parks.