Groundbreaking held for Fitness Trail

By Paul Hannah

August 23, 2014

The North Adams Fitness Trail is about to get a needed addition. Currently, the trail itself is just grass, becomes marshy after a rain, and is unlevel making it difficult to walk. This is about to change as the entire trail gets paved.

The Fitness Trail was started through the cooperation of the Ohio Valley School District and the Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition. The Health and Wellness Coalition previously received a grant and used the money to place fitness equipment along the proposed path that runs from the North Adams Elementary School parking lot to the High School parking lot.

The Health and Wellness Coalition received a second grant of $50,000 from Interact for Health, which will be applied to three different projects. The first of these projects is the second phase of the North Adams Fitness Trail. CCS Inc. has been contracted to excavate the path.

Once the excavation work is complete, the Carpentry and Masonry classes from the Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center will lay the forms and place and finish the concrete for the path itself.

The second project being funded is the placement of fitness equipment along the Safe Routes to School sidewalk that runs from the Peebles High School to the Elementary School. The third project is currently slated to fund fitness programs in the Manchester Education and Activity Center, formerly known as the Athletic Complex.