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May 15, 2013

New scenic walking trail coming to Hanceville

HANCEVILLE — A new scenic route for joggers and walkers will soon be constructed in Hanceville, linking several highly-utilized areas in the city.

 Hanceville Church of Christ has permitted the city to use a portion of their property to build the new walking trail that will loop pre-existing trails and Veteran’s Park. Mayor Kenneth Nail said the project has started, as dirt is being moved to begin construction providing citizens with a healthier alternative to exercising on asphalt. Nail said the track would not be paved and they are keeping the design as natural as possible.

“Chiropractors told me the other day-I hope it’s not going to be a paved or a concrete walking trail, and I said no,” Nail said. “I told him it was going to be  ground up of asphalt/charred rock and gravel and he said that would be a lot better for folks and their backs.”

The walking trail will start at Commercial Street, having easy access from the Hanceville recreational center, connect behind the new gymnasium at Hanceville Elementary school, go behind the stadium where an existing trail is, and tie into Veteran’s Park. There will also be a leg of the trail leading from Veteran’s Park that will come out onto Highway 31 and Park Street.

“It’s a great add being right in front of the rec center,” Nail said. “You can park in the rec center parking lot, walk across the street to the walking trail, go all the way to Veteran’s Park and use the workout equipment there and walk back to the rec center.”

Nail said they hope to begin the actual construction process soon, but has not given a specific date for its completion. He encourages everyone to come out and use the walking trail once it is finished.

For more information on the walking trail, contact Hanceville City Hall 256-352-9830.

Lauren Estes can be reached at laurene@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 270.

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