Tobacco endowment money will fund fitness trail in Norman

A $35,000 grant from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust will be used to put in a fitness trail in the John Saxon Park in east Norman.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: June 12, 2013
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— 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.


by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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