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Improvements begin on park's 1-mile walking trail

Staff photo by Zack Steen

Construction has begun at Crossroads Regional Park on the 1-mile walking trail.

BY ZACK STEEN zsteen@dailycorinthian.com

Walking trail improvements are underway at the city park.

Construction has begun on the 1-mile paved walking and jogging trail that twists and turns through the city's Crossroads Regional Park on North Parkway. Improvements are also planned at the city's second public park, Bishop Park on South Johns Street.

"The project will include the widening to eight feet of all walking trails at Crossroads park," said Park Director Robin Baker. "We will also be adding a walking trail at Bishop Park."

Baker said asphalt resurfacing work will take place at the city park, along with the relocation of the trail's entrance moving to the foot bridge near the parking lot at the rear of the park. A pad will also be added at the entrance. New signage will mark distances and benches will be added along the trail as resting stations. Additional lighting along with trail is part of the overall project, according to Baker.

"We want to add exercising equipment along the trail in the future, as well," said Baker, who took over as park director in May.

Funding on the trail improvement project is coming from several grants, along with local support from the Lions Club and Magnolia Regional Health Center.

"We, of course, couldn't do any of this without the city and county support, and the sponsorships from area businesses and the community," she said.

The path is currently open, but Baker said it would close during resurfacing.

"There is an alternate walking path setup around the fields," said Baker. "We welcome anyone interested to check in at the office to learn the route."

The project should be completed this fall.