NORMAN — The city will use a grant from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust to put in a fitness trail in John Saxon Park in east Norman.
Norman was one of 21 cities awarded a Healthy Communities Incentive Grant. The $35,000 grant is to be used to help continue projects that promote physical activities, wellness and overall community health.
City officials say they will install a fitness trail around the south side of the community park on John Saxon Boulevard, off State Highway 9E. The trail will be open to all residents within the Norman community.
Cardio and fitness opportunities will be provided, as well as strength training areas along the trail, with commercial-grade fitness equipment installed in several areas, park officials said.
“I'm proud that so many individuals and businesses in the Healthy Community Coalition came together to secure this grant. Their hard work will ensure that both today's and tomorrow's Norman residents have opportunities to be healthy and enjoy the outdoor beauty of our community,” Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said.
The city, Norman Regional Health System, public schools, Moore Norman Technology Center, the University of Oklahoma and the Cleveland County Health Department are partners in a Healthy Community Coalition that works to get grants and ensure Norman is an active participant in the Oklahoma Certified Healthy Communities program.