BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Your community highly influences your health. It's the primary reasons why the state is giving the Healthy Nacogdoches Coalition more than a quarter-million dollars.
The money should help prevent obesity by improving a popular hike and bike trail. Residents and visitors often hike on the trails at the most popular Lanana Creek Trail.
"The creek that goes all the way down. It's very interesting to follow," said Bob Carlisle, an avid trail walker.
"It's always interesting. You're never sure what you're going to see," said LaDonna Carlisle.
The Nacogdoches Healthy Coalition sees an opportunity to enhance the 3.5-mile trail, including an underpass construction at East Austin Street.
"So people will be able to walk under the bridge and have a safer route rather than walk across the street," said Kinnie Parker, administrator with the Nacogdoches Healthy Coalition.
In addition, there will be the installation of an emergency phone and security lighting at four bridge underpasses. A sidewalk, trail, crossing markings and signage will further improve safety. Benches, trash cans, mileage markers and an exercise station will enhance the trails' use.
"This is really good because there's a lot of additional trails they've put on it, so you get a lot more exercise," said trail walker Christina Castillo.
Exercise that helps fight obesity, an objective of Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital and the grant.
"Memorial Hospital is a hospital without walls. It's got to extend into the community and provide those healthy physical environments," said Memorial Hospital Administrator Tim Hayward.
Nacogdoches Mayor Roger VanHorn hopes it extends the trail.
"And come down Banita Creek side and join below town, south of town, in this trail, that will completely circle the town," said VanHorn.
Safety and accessibility improvements should be ready by the cool of the fall season.