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Organization Name
Hike The Heights
About Us
City Life Is Moving Bodies (CLIMB) was established in January 2004 and held its first Hike the Heights community event in June 2005. The mission of CLIMB is to increase the physical, social, and civic activity in the communities of northern Manhattan. CLIMB is composed of a diverse group of individuals and organizations working together as the CLIMB consensus group.
We Participate Because
We connect people with the parks in their communities. Hike the Heights shows local residents the natural resources that exist in their own back yard to encourage them to engage with and use the parks, making them safer for everyone. We build community through the arts. In preparation for the event, local children from Head Start groups, pediatric clinical facilities, and local schools work with CLIMB and our community partners to create giraffe statues from recycled materials. On the day of the event, these giraffes decorate the parks and line the hiking trails, lending a playful feel to the volunteer-led tours through parks previously marked by violence. We promote environmental stewardship. Before Hike the Heights, CLIMB and its partners host park clean-up and trail maintenance days so local residents can give back to the parks that give them so much.