The last of the snow and ice is finally melting away at the Salem County Recreation Park. Our walking path, the playground, and the baseball fields are collecting the warm rays of the sun once again. The flowers are slowly popping through and the branches of the trees are beginning to bud. Springtime is definitely in the air.
The park will soon be filled with the sound of children laughing, baseball bats dinging, and the crowds watching the game. The ground with soon thaw and be dry enough for us to break ground on expanding our walking path to a half of a mile, install bike racks, and other exercise equipment. We hope to impact the health of our community with these improvements to the park.
The health of our community is our top priority. Our walking path provides assess to exercise opportunities in Salem County. Salem County ranks below the state average with a larger percent of the population not having adequate access to locations for physical activity. The park is located in a rural community which has less sidewalks and a higher speed limits. Those two factors don’t provide a safe place to walk.
Walkers are safe on our path. The accessibility of the path has and will continue to attract the crowds of walkers.The path is strategically built around the soccer and softball fields. The close proxiomity of the path to the fields spectators can watch the game and exercise at the same time.
The walking path is easily accessible to guests of the park and the community. Since the path’s grand opening in September 2014, our walking group has attracted over 75 participants. We will continue to grow our group and to improve the health of our residents.