The Bell County Board of Education and Bell Fiscal Court signed a shared-use agreement on Tuesday that will allow the public to use the cross-country trail located at Bell Central for fitness purposes. Microclinic International, the Bell County Health Department and Spread the Health Appalachia were also involved in the agreement.
“It’s (the agreement) to help open up free places for people to exercise and get healthy because we have a high prevalence of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in Bell County,” said Leigh Ann Baker.
The Bell County Health Department, along with the rest of the Cumberland Valley area, received a grant from the CDC to help curb obesity and other health issues. Part of the grant was the shared agreement.
“This is one of the most exciting things we have done,” said Baker. “It’s (the fitness trail) a great opportunity for the public to use, and it’s now officially open.”
The fiscal court was responsible for getting the track cleared. With help from the road department and prisoners, the trail was cleared, according to Baker. Vocational students built benches that will be placed along the trail. There are also plans to put trash receptacles along the trail.
The trail is open between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday unless the school has a cross country meet.
Along with the trail, the public will also be able to use the fitness track at the school. Currently, there is construction being held at the school to build a new softball field. Once construction is finished, the track will be longer and will have more lightening.
There will be another signing of the shared-use agreement during the July 8 fiscal court meeting.
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