COMMUNITY FITNESS TRAIL
The Apollo-Ridge Education Foundation, in an effort to provide a health/wellness resource for physical education classes and the surrounding community, and to provide a training facility for its athletic teams, has taken on the ambitious project of building a fitness trail to open for the 2011-2012 school year.
PROGRESS TO DATE
Many thanks to the various community members, businesses, and corporations whose donations are the only source of funding for this project.
The initial phases of the trail were accomplished relatively inexpensively. The next phase will consume much of the trail's $17,500 budget.
Additional monetary donations are still being accepted. If you have goods or services that can support the completion of the trail, your assistance is also being sought. Donations of time and equipment to excavate the trail and gravel to solidify the trail base are welcomed.
If you are able to contribute, please contact Ms. Ashley Coudriet, 724-478-6000, ext. 5000, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Apollo-Ridge Community Fitness Trail Committee proudly announces plans for the first phase of the trail's construction. The committee formed in the spring of 2011 to explore building the trail as a way to increase the health and well-being of the students and provide a training facility for the school's athletes. School-community residents will also benefit as they will also be permitted to take advantage of the trail. A fundraising campaign netted over $17,500 in contributions and matching grants.
Initial cost estimates for the trial's construction were set at $15,000. To increase the life of the trail, recommendations were sought from various sources to ensure the base was properly excavated and finished. In order to meet those standards, additional monies must be raised to move on to the second phase.
Phase I plans include the designation of two separate trails - one for the community and another for the school's athletes or more advanced and conditioned runners. The community trail will utilize existing pavement to reduce the amount of hazards presented to casual users. The trail designated for student athlete use will be more strenuous, taking advantage of the natural lay of the land through the undeveloped sections of the school's property.
A trailhead sign is on order and trail markers will be set in place over the course of the next two months - visible symbols that a completed trail is not far behind.
Individuals wishing to donate funds to offset the cost of the next phase of the trail may do so by sending tax-deductible contributions to A-R Community Fitness Trail, PO Box 219, Spring Church PA 15686.
PRESS RELEASE - MAY 31, 2011
Funding through a $5,000 Lowe's grant will be used to build fitness stations around the trail. An additional $10,000 - $12,000 is needed to complete the trail base. A grant from the ACMH Foundation is pending matching funds being raised by June 1.