HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (May 28, 2021) – Officials have dedicated a 0.2 mile paved exercise track on May 25, 2021 at Rockland Recreation Area on the shore of Old Hickory Lake.
Representatives from the Tennessee Health Department, Sumner County Health Department, Sumner County, and the U.S. Army Nashville District Corps of Engineers cut a ribbon to celebrate, dedicate, and culminate an effort joint to build the loop health course to provide a pathway for people to safely exercise.
The Tennessee Department of Health awarded Sumner County $20,000 for the project in 2019 as part of its “Access to Health Through an Active and Healthy Building Environment” grant. They are offered to all counties to improve health outcomes and improve the built and natural environments of public spaces so that people have access to healthy food, safe places to be physically active, time in nature and can socialize.
Crystal Tingle, Resource Manager of Old Hickory Lake, thanked Tennessee state officials for the generous grant that now provides an excellent fitness resource for visitors. She also expressed her gratitude to everyone present for their teamwork and coordination efforts that made the project possible.
“I can see the fruits of all your labor every day that I’m at work,” Tingle said. “It’s amazing to see everyone coming together in this effort because it’s something that gets used a lot and takes people off the road. It’s definitely something this area needs and obviously the location is perfect for people to use it.
Tingle said as soon as they opened the track, everyone got into gear and started using it for their New Year’s resolution to get in better shape.
The grant required construction to be completed by May 2020, but COVID-19 issues delayed the project. Staff at the Old Hickory Lake facility prepped the base of the trail, then Sessions Paving applied 82 tons of material to the fitness loop, which the company completed in late December 2020.
The completed exercise track meets the standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The path is quickly being discovered and people have been using it to get in shape since January.
“We are delighted that it is being used. It looks so good,” said Sara Cox, Healthy Development Coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Health’s Mid Cumberland Region, which managed the grant for the project.
The Rockland Recreation Area receives approximately 400,000 visitors a year who take advantage of the picnic areas, shelters, playgrounds, boat launch, fishing platform and terrain of volleyball.
Hal Hendrix, director of the Sumner County Health Department, said he noticed people walking along the roadway and parking areas and realized there were no off-road trails in the area. Rockland Recreation Area. The idea of creating a trail seemed like a big improvement in providing a safe exercise route for visitors, he said.
Hendrix noted that the trail is not only paved, but also shaded as it winds through the trees between the Old Hickory Lake Visitor Center and the recreation area.
“Make it convenient for people and they will use it,” Hendrix said. “At lunchtime, instead of being in full sun, you are in the shade and you don’t have to sweat. You can come exercise and run your mile or two miles and go back to work.
Sumner County grants administrator Kim Norfleet said the county and the Corps of Engineers worked together to ensure ADA requirements were met before paving the trail.
“I think it was a good partnership with the Corps of Engineers and the Health Council and the State of Tennessee,” Norfleet said. “It was a coordinated effort between all parties.”
Five laps on the ADA accessible loop equals one mile. It is located on the right side of the causeway about halfway down the causeway as you enter the park. The Corps is working on getting a sign for the trail entrance.
(The public can get news, updates, and information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District on the District’s website at www.lrn.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nashvillecorps and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nashvillecorps The public can also follow Old Hickory Lake on Facebook at www.facebook.com/oldhickorylake.)
|Date posted:||28.05.2021 12:08|
|Location:||HENDERSONVILLE, TN, USA|
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