The expansion of the walking path at the Salem County Recreation Park is complete! The expanded path is a half of mile long and ADA complaint. It loops around softball and soccer fields along a wooded tree line. Walkers have been out in full force enjoying the expanded walking path.
The installation of two exercise stations, a bike rack, and marker signs are expected to be installed in the beginning of October. Improvements to the parks such as benches, shrubs, trees, and a fence are in the future plans for this park.
Improving our parks will provide physical activity opportunities and can help people of all ages lead a more active lifestyle. According to the countyhealthrankings.org, in Salem County only 82 percent of the population has adequate access to exercise opportunities. The NJ state average is 96 percent and the US top performers are at 92 percent. Investing in our parks and open space is an investment in our community.
In 2015, Salem County overall health ranking improved #18 out of 21 NJ counties. A small improvement from the 2014 ranking of #19. We will take it! Thank you Shaping NJ and the other organizations that invest in improving the health of Salem County.
The Salem County Health Department is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles.