In 1993, when Grand Concourse Walkway construction first began, the Johnson Family Foundation committed to providing mapping, wayfinding-markers, interpretation, and signage for the Walkway system. The first Grand Concourse Walker's Map was produced in 1996 and distributed free, as an insert in The Express, to all households in the region. The second edition of the map, produced in the following year, was distributed in the same way, and, to meet demand from visitors, was sold for $1 at hotels, drugstores, and bookstores.
This Walker's Handbook provides a more in-depth approach to using the Concourse Walkway network, which now stretches from St. John's to Paradise. Designed to fit in your pocket, it provides the necessary information to take a walk anywhere along the entire Walkway system, and have it become more informative, easy, and enjoyable.
In addition to an up-to-date, removable Walker's Map, the Handbook contains detailed maps of all 37 Concourse Walks. The longer Walks are spread over two or three consecutive maps. Each map contains complete particulars on Walk-way length, the time required to cover that distance by brisk and stroll, locations of the nearest bus stops, places to purchase food and drink, closest rest rooms, telephones, and parking. Each map includes interpretive text on historical, scenic, and natural features found along the Walk. This makes the Handbook not only an excellent guide to the Concourse Walkways, but also a fairly comprehensive, informative, and interesting guide to St. John's, Mount Pearl, and Paradise.