Green Hills Community, West Liberty, received a $30,000 grant from the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing’s (OCCH) philanthropic affiliate, Ohio Capital Impact Corporation (OCIC), to create a walking trail. OCIC, created in 2012, awarded 54 grants totaling $980,000 in 2015 to empower and enrich OCCH residents and improve the communities in which they live.
Hal Keller, president of Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing said, “OCIC and OCCH are excited to be a part of this healthy community initiative in partnership with Green Hills Community to build a new walking trail. We know that these grant funds will benefit everyone in the community; however we truly appreciate that this trail will be specially designed for the accessibility needs of those with mobility challenges and seniors, so that they too can also enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle.”
Studies show that elders who are physically, socially and spiritually active have an enhanced quality of life. The goal is for elders at Green Hills and in the community at large to thrive not just survive. When complete, this trail will be a 3/4 mile trail that is specific to elders’ physical needs. It will be eight feet wide with ten rest stops that offer benches for physical rest and inspirational messages for spiritual reflection. It will be built for walkers, someone that uses a cane, those in wheelchairs and even runners to enjoy. The trail will also offer at least five fitness stations that consider elder joints and mobility. It will include stations that will cater to those in a wheelchair as well.
“Whole person wellness has been the foundation of the success of Green Hills since its beginning 40 years ago,” Mike Ray, CEO of Green Hills Community said. “This grant allows us to continue that legacy with a walking trail that fits not only the physical component of wellness but the spiritual and social components as well. We are thrilled to be able to offer this walking trail to the residents and the community at large.”
Phase one of the trail will be built in the spring of 2016.
Submitted by Green Hills Community.