REEDSVILLE — As the leaves continue to fall and the seasons change, residents of Meigs County can still take advantage of the walking path that surrounds Eastern Local Schools.
Laura Cleland, grant coordinator for the Meigs County Health Department, said she’s excited to see the path used.
“Every time I have a site visit, I see people walking, and residents are coming and using it at a pretty good rate,” she said.
Along with residents using the path, Cleland said that Eastern Middle School staff member Kristin Dettwiller has organized a 5K for the track as well. Relay for Life has also been held on the path.
The walking area was paved through a Creating Healthy Communities grant, initially started around the primary school’s playground equipment last year, with 961 more feet of the path paved this year in front of the schools, Cleland said. While there is technically asphalt along that path at the moment, Cleland said paving the area will make it safer for walkers.
“We’re surfacing to make it less likely for people to be injured or roll their ankles,” she said.
CHC hopes to continue paving areas around the baseball field and a shelter house next year, hopefully starting in spring when whether cooperates, Cleland said. She emphasized the importance of creating places for exercising in Meigs County, citing a focus group conducted this year in which 65.5 percent of those surveyed said there were only a few trails sidewalks and bike paths in the community.
“So implementing the trails (in the area) was a way to increase the amount of safe walking trails in county,” she said.
She added that many of the trails are wide enough for the use of bicycles, and said Meigs County is striving to be bicycle-friendly.
“They’re wide enough that you can bike on them as well, so if a resident would want to bike to Eastern’s campus, they would be able to do that safely and not be on the highway. They’re within the park,” she said.
Cleland said she’s excited to see the growth of exercise-friendly locations in the county, especially when the weather warms up again.
I’m looking forward to next year,” she said.
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