Beverly Perry (left) and Betty Wilson (right) relax following the Hot City, Cool City Walking Tour
Beverly Perry (left) and Betty Wilson (right) relax following the Hot City, Cool City Walking Tour | Image from Healthy Gulf

Hot City, Cool City Walking Tour coming July 30

Where: Martin Luther King Plaza, 50 N Palafox St, Pensacola, FL 32502

When: Saturday, July 30, 4 p.m.

Join us for a late afternoon summer stroll through downtown Pensacola as we explore the old and new ways that cities can adapt to the higher temperatures and heavier rainfall of our changing climate. Along the way we’ll look at the many features of buildings, streets, and parks that can help keep cities and their inhabitants cooler and more comfortable while using less energy.

Your tour guide is Christian Wagley of the nonprofit group Healthy Gulf. Christian spends much of his time studying the traditional ways that communities were designed and built in harmony with local climate. We’ll walk where it’s hot and where it’s not, compare temperatures in different areas of the City, and see firsthand how the design of cities shapes our energy use and comfort.

Participants are encouraged to dress for the heat, with light colored clothing, natural fibers like linen, hats and parasols. In honor of one of the most traditional ways of cooling-off, we’ll even stop for a free cold beverage to chill us down.

Forecasts from the National Climate Assessment predict hotter summers and more rainfall in the southern U.S. Pensacola and other cities will need to adapt to the changing conditions in order to protect their economies, public health, and quality-of-life.

The Walking Tour concludes at 5:30 pm. The Tour begins at Martin Luther King Plaza located in the center of Palafox St—one and a half blocks north of Garden St.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 850-687-9968 or email

About Healthy Gulf

Healthy Gulf is a nonprofit organization that works to protect and restore the Gulf of Mexico and the people and communities along its shores. For more information or questions please contact Florida – Alabama Coastal Organizer Christian Wagley: or (850) 687-9968.