The Salem County Department of Health and Human Services and the Salem County Facilities Management broke ground on July 8th at the new walking path at the Salem County Recreation Park in Oldmans Township. The ADA compliant path was completed on July 25th. The walking path is a wonderful addition to the park that already hosts a playground, softball and soccer fields. The community is anxiously awaiting the grand opening.
The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is planned for late September during NJ Rural Health Week to dedicate the path to the community. The Salem County Department of Health and Human Services partnered with the Office of Disability Services created a We Can! Campaign. The campaign targets those with special needs to participate in our walking club and even provides transportation. The participation of special needs residents will be encouraged for the grand opening of the new ADA walking path. The children of Oldmans Township School , Move Yourself! Salem County walking club, and Salem County government will help dedicate the path. Our first walk on the newly paved path will take place after the ribbon cutting ceremony.
In addition to promoting physical activity, the dedication ceremony will provide an opportunity to promote healthy eating. The Health Department is working with the local farmers to provide fresh, local produce for the attendees of the ceremony. The nursing department will provide health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be a collaboration between departments and a promotion of healthier lifestyles to our community.