Phase I of the Wilbur Wright Trail is now Open!
Glorious day for New Castle'
By SARA GEER
Riley Elementary students Colin and Lauren Taylor were among the 100 Henry County residents who walked the two-mile Wilbur Wright Trail after the opening ceremony Saturday morning.
Lauren, who enjoys the outdoors and was equipped with a nature walking stick and a compass, said having a trail nearby home would inspire her to sketch more pictures of wildlife.
"We love to camp and hike in our backyard at home," Lauren said. "I'm looking forward to seeing all the cool wildlife now while walking the trail with my brother and dad."
Colin said he wouldn't probably use the trail very often, but still thought it was a good thing for the community to have.
"It's something we really haven't had near us before," Colin said. "The trail is pretty neat."
The opening ceremony held near the trail start at the Henry County YMCA celebrated the completion of the first phase of the trail. A ribbon cutting hosted by Healthy Communities of Henry County had door prizes, t-shirts and refreshments for those in attendance.
Beverly Matthews, Henry County Community Foundation executive director and Healthy Communities board member, started off the brisk, chilly morning by saying, "It's a glorious day for New Castle."
"The purpose of building and creating trails is to provide outdoor recreation without motorized traffic," Matthews said. "We're here to dedicate this trail to all the citizens in our community, so they can walk, run and ride to better health."
Matthews said the trail work began in 2004 when a transportation enhancement application was drawn up by the Henry County Commissioners. Trail director Jeff Ray assisted with the application and has remained involved in every process for the past nine years, she said.
"I have to say a few words about Jeff Ray," Matthews said. "When I asked him 'Why do you continue to work tirelessly to create trails?' He replied, 'If I start it, I got to finish it.' And today we are glad you did because we love this beautiful trail."
Many residents clapped and hollered "Way to go, Jeff" in appreciation.
Ray said that initial application along with funding from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and additional support from local residents made Saturday's ceremonies possible. Yet, construction is not complete on the trail.
"Items still needed to be installed or delivered include roof material for the trestle that goes underneath the railroad tracks, striping along Garner Street and benches, trees and bike racks," Ray said. "Most things should be complete within the next three weeks."
Mayor Greg York added a few words of thanks for the hard work by the Healthy Communities group. He also said some words of disappointment.
"Already somebody obviously thinks it was fun to get a few visible motorized black wheel smudges right at the start of the trail," York said. "To tear something up before we can even get started makes me very disappointed. Any motor vehicles on this trail will not be tolerated."
Sara Geer is a staff writer for The Courier-Times. Follow her on Twitter@s_kovach
14th Annual Raintree Ride was a Blast
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International Walk to School Day October 9, 2013
International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – participate every October. To create a Walk to School Day in your local School go to Walk Bike to School
Kennard Elementary Participated in International Bike to School Day May 2013
Kennard Elementary has participated in the Walk and Bike to School program since 2009. The Spring 2013 Bike Day was special since the kids were able to walk to school on new sidewalks obtained through a Walk to School Sidewalk Grant. The slideshow below shows shows the kids and parents walking and biking to school as well as the logo that was chosen from student drawings , to be used in "safe house" windows
Healthy Communities of Henry County
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New Castle, IN 47362
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Calendar of Events
Healthy Communities of Henry County holds their monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 12:00p.m. in the Community Center conference room at 100S Main St., New Castle. Come and join us.
October 9, 2013 International Walk to School Day- walkbiketoschool.org
Saturday September 21, 2013 The Wilbur Wright Trail Ribbon Cutting Celebration
Saturday, September 28, 2013-
14th Annual Raintree Ride
Healthy Communities Flyer
Proposed Map of Raintree Trails & Greenways
National Road Heritage Trail Brochure/Map
14 th Annual Raintree Ride Bicycling Event
A continued 'Thank You!'
to our generous sponsors:
Henry County Community Foundation
Henry County Memorial Hospital Foundation
Pfenninger, Claxton, & Estelle Insurance Group
South Henry Regional Waste District
Dr. Helen Steussy
Glen Oaks Health Campus
Henry County YMCA
Citizens State Bank
The Courier Times
Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service
Three Rivers SWMD
Atlas Collections, Inc.
Our Board of Directors
Chris Williams, President
JoAnne McCorkle, Vice President
Dennis Hamilton, Secretary
Jerry Cash, Treasurer
Healthy Communities and Economic Development
Mr. Bob Grewe, President and CEO of the New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corp. recently spoke at the Healthy Communities annual board meeting, touting the work of Healthy Communities - particularly the recreational trails system development - as a great asset to Henry County. To view more of Mr. Grewe's presentation, please click here. To find out more about economic development in Henry County, please visit the NCHC EDC homepage!
Biking to Work is Good for you...Who Knew!
A recent article posted on "Excellence in Government" touts the numerous benefits of biking to work. Amazing! Read the article and get the infographic here: Health Benefits of Biking To Work