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Walking trail improvement project marks opening

John Peebles of the Corinth Lions Club presents a plaque to Steve Little in recognition of Little's commitment to making accessibility improvements to the walking track at Crossroads Regional Park.

Staff photo by Jebb Johnston

As a lone jogger braved the breezy 35-degree morning, local Lions and partners in the park walking trail project gathered Saturday to cut the ceremonial ribbon.

It's a project that was the idea of Steve Little, who received a plaque recognizing his commitment to the project. Little, who has Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy, often uses the walking track during the fall and spring months and is looking forward to being able to pick up the pace when the striping is added to the recently widened and resurfaced track to help those with reduced vision.

"There's a lot more to come with this project than just what we see here today," said Park Director Robin Baker.

The rock-covered area near the bridge will become a stretching pad. Signage will be added, and water fountains are also being considered. Parking has been improved, and a new security fence is in place along the street.

"We have a lot of people that walk this track every day," said Baker. "We're so appreciative of all the support we've gotten from this group to better our park."

The Lions Club International Foundation granted $100,000 toward improvements to the walking trail at Crossroads Regional as well as at the Edward S. Bishop Memorial Park.

"They saw this as a chance to serve a broad cross-section of this community " We think these parks and these improvements are an asset to this community," said District Governor Barron Caulfield.

Along with the local Lions, who are passionate about vision as a cause, the city, the hospital foundation and individuals contributed funding.

"It's being well-used and people are grateful for it," said Mayor Tommy Irwin.

To help support the project, residents can purchase a brick paver with the Lions emblem which can be engraved with a memorial tribute. The bricks will make up the stretching pad area.

The bricks will be sold until May. Contact the park or a Lions Club member for details.