Early Tuesday evening, residents in the Heights neighborhood gathered behind Treadwell Middle School for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the new community walking trail.
The Treadwell Trail was made possible by a group of local non-profit partners in association with Shelby County Schools and the Health Department. The Heights CDC are helping lead the charge in many of the neighborhood developments, and hope trails and events like these will offer residents a safe and family friendly way to stay healthy and active.
“In this neighborhood, there aren’t very many places where kids can walk safely. We also have an issue with public health in this neighborhood with a lot of obesity, so we want more safe places where kids and adults can come exercise,” said Heights CDC Community Coordinator Christina Crutchfield.
So far, residents are reacting positively to the new trail.
Neighborhood resident Rosalind Gary said, “I would just walk around the corners around here but there were dogs and stuff out and I was kind of afraid, so I feel safer walking around the track.”
You can check out the new Treadwell trail, which is located behind Treadwell Middle School at 920 N. Highland St.