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New walking trail opens in Opelousas' South City Park

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Posted at 11:06 AM, Oct 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-24 16:35:41-04

The South City Park Walking Trail is now open in Opelousas.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Saturday morning to celebrate the opening of the new track. The trail project was developed through a partnership between Opelousas General Health System Foundation's alliance, Healthy St. Landry, the City of Opelousas, and State Representative Dustin Miller.

The alliance's goal is to improve the community's overall health by addressing the social circumstances that affect health and developing a comprehensive approach to improving the community's health.

"The completion of this walking trail brings Healthy St. Landry one step closer to fulfilling our mission of improving overall health. We are thrilled that individuals and families will be utilizing this resource to enhance both their physical and mental health," said Tracey Antee, OGHS Foundation Director. "We wanted to provide something to the city that would get them physically active, get them outside moving around. We have one of the lowest health outcomes in our region, and we are looking at ways to improve that, so this is really about improving the health of our community."

The trail is one mile in length. It borders South City Park with connection points to various recreation amenities. Future additions include signage, park benches, trash receptacles, and a dog park.

For more information on the trail, contact the OGHS Foundation at 337-678-4266.

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