The Kids in Parks Program, Mount Airy Parks and Recreation Department, and the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History celebrated the Emily B. Taylor Greenway TRACK Trail grand opening on Wednesday, July 17th.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 9:30am and was followed by a 1/2 hour guided walk along a portion of the greenway. The Emily B. Taylor Greenway TRACK Trail is 3.5 miles round-trip and features scenic views of Lovill’s Creek and educational geocaches. The trailhead is behind the New Market Crossing Shopping Center at 715 West Independence Blvd (directly behind Choice Physical Therapy and Wellness) in Mount Airy, North Carolina.
“This is the second Track Trail for the City of Mount Airy, the Ararat River being the first municipal Track Trail in North Carolina. We are grateful for this partnership and what it means for our residents and visitors,” said Catrina Alexander, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Mount Airy. “This geocaching trail is a great way to infuse history and technology into a physical fitness activity.”
“We are extremely excited to work with the NCRPA and their regional park partners to expand our network of TRACK Trails in Western North Carolina”, said Jason Urroz, Director of Kids in Parks. “The partnership not only gets the program into more communities within the region, but also helps to link these communities with our TRACK Trails in North Carolina’s State Parks, on other public lands and along the Blue Ridge Parkway… and vice-versa.”
Michelle Wells, Executive Director of the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association, said, “We are happy that our partners at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation earmarked funds for NCRPA locations in their grant to the Kids in Parks program. These funds will allow our park partners to provide their visitors with a fun, educational program that may have otherwise not been available.”
For a link to the trailhead in Googlemaps, click here http://goo.gl/maps/KmMAz
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