Working together on community enhancement projects that aims to increase physical activity is an opportunity to strengthen partnerships.

The community of Coronation, Alberta have a diverse team made up of representatives from Coronation Choosewell, Town of Coronation, County of Paintearth, Coronation & District Support Services, AHS and community volunteers who focus on health and wellness initiatives. An identified priority was to build upon existing structures to enhance walking trails while at the same time, showcasing various assets in their community.

 

Coronation has a popular 1 km existing trail that has exercise equipment along the way. The goal for this project was to expand upon the trail by using sidewalks and pathways and adding wayfinding signage to direct foot traffic while at the same time showcasing local assets within the community.

 

The committee started by identifying 4 trails to map out and mark. These included the Historical walk, 2 Nature walks, and the Cemetery walk. A sign board was purchased to hold a 3’x5’ map of the town, and highlight the trails. Mini trail signs (8x10”) were made and available within pamphlet holders. Additionally, signs were erected on each trail to identify the trail, point the way, and color coded for each trail. Benches were purchased and strategically placed for rest zones. These were marked by considering the routes seniors walk. Bike racks were also installed in the downtown core, in order that bikes may be stored safely and the walking path used as a multi-use trail.

 

The project was successful in large due to the commitment from the various stakeholders. For example, the Town of Coronation was able to provide in kind locations for benches and installation of signage. Members of the committee all worked to find pricing, installation etc. Volunteer hours were also calculated to identify and celebrate contributions.

 

Working together on community enhancement projects that aims to increase physical activity is an opportunity to strengthen partnerships.

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