The recent article about walking has been popping up in my various news feeds over and over again for the past week or so. Basically Stanford University researchers found that walking makes you more creative:
Study participants who went for walks saw an 81% increase in tests measuring divergent thinking, a thought process associated with creativity in which you generate lots of ideas.
So I thought it would be a good idea to talk about all the great places in McKinney for taking a walk, because A) we have some really nice walks here, and B) we have some truly creative and inspiring people here, so maybe walking where they walk is a good idea.
The City of McKinney is doing a great job creating a trail system throughout the city, most recently connecting Towne Lake with Boyd High School via the beautiful new Bonnie Wenk Park. It’s five and a half miles long and winds through some lovely trees. Get a look at it here:
If you enjoy a little horticulture, a stroll around McKinney’s Crape Myrtle Trails at 6452 Collin McKinney Parkway will give you a chance to enjoy our extensive collection of Crape Myrtle varieties.
That’s just a couple of examples of the trails we have here, but there are plenty of other McKinney parks you can stroll around, and you can find them listed on the city’s Parks and Recreation site.
Other Great Walks in McKinney
You don’t have to find a walking trail or park to glean the creativity benefits of a good walk. Try a stroll around Historic Downtown McKinney, do a little people watching and go home with your creative juices flowing.
Or take to your neighborhood sidewalks. You might run into old friends or meet new ones, all while coming up with a new approach to an old problem.
If you want to be inspired by the creativity of others, go take a walk around Adriatica’s cobblestone streets. Visit some of the shops along Virginia, and then stroll around to see the new construction and visit the harbor.
And don’t forget the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary! Their walking trails will let you take in the nature of the Blackland Prairie, see some wildlife, and build your creative muscle at the same time.
McKinney is a great city with so many great places for a creativity-building stroll. What’s your favorite walk in McKinney?