‘Fit Trail’ rededicated at CBC
by Christina Rowland
Dec 19, 2011 | 1510 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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CBC board of trustees and staff for the college gathered on Tuesday afternoon for the ribbon cutting of the newly renovated ‘fit trail.’ Pictured, from left, are Gloria Rincon, Ruth Cude, Dr. Bruce Exstrom, Glenda Garza, Velma Elizalde, Laura Fischer, Dr. Thomas Baynum, Dr. Patty Candia, Victor Gomez, Paul Jaure, Dr. Jimmy Goodson, Louise Hall, Donna Atkins, Doug Arnold, J. Estevan Vasquez, Carroll Lohse, Glynis Holm Strause, Joy Burkhardt of KRXB, Isabel Ramirez of Bee County Chamber of Commerce and Jesse Mendoza of Park-Breidenbach Real Estate.
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The Coastal Bend College board of trustees and staff members gathered at the start of the walking trail on Tuesday afternoon to cut the ribbon and officially reopen the “Fit Trail” after a more than three-month, $182,000 face-lift.

“It was a gift from us to the community,” CBC board President Paul Jaure told those gathered as he spoke about the original dedication of the trail back in 1986.

“It is so neat we have this gift to give to the community again,” he said of the rededication.

The trail, once called a jogging trail, has now been dubbed a “Fit Trail’” and is made for anyone wanting to run,walk, jump or skip down it. The hope is a Fit Trail will be more appealing to a wide-ranging audience.

The trail has undergone numerous changes over the years but this is the first major overhaul since it was installed in 1986. Changes to the track this time include old asphalt has been removed and hauled away for recycling, old exercise equipment has been taken out and replaced, new signage has been erected, brush and trees have been trimmed, culverts have been installed where needed and the track has been finished with a new hot mix asphalt.

The board voted on the repairs during an August board meeting and construction started in Sept. 12.

The face-lift has made the track a safer place to work out.

“I believe people will certainly be going out to explore it,” he said.

Jaure encourages when people come that they bring a friend with them and knowledge of the trail will spread.

When people come out, he said, they are also able to look over and see the college that belongs to the taxpayers of Bee County and all that it has brought to the community.

“Seeing the college is very gratifying and seeing the young people going through the education process,” he said.

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