Mobile Uses Fed Funds to Fight Obesity, Expand Walking Trails

City officials are dedicating portions of Mobile's CDBG funds for walking trail projects in parks around the city

By John Sharp

With Mobile's continued struggle to counterattack a lingering battle with obesity, city officials are earmarking more money for new walking trails at long-neglected parks.

The latest project, which kicked off Wednesday, dedicates $80,000 in federal community development block grant money for a new trail at Michael Figures Park in the Toulminville neighborhood northwest of downtown Mobile.

"I visualize this will give (the residents) an opportunity to have a good, safe place to walk," Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said.

The idea of a walking trail started more than three years ago when a representative with the Black Military Workers, a new veterans organization representing approximately 60 Mobile residents, proposed the walking trail as an anchor for future projects. The group is privately fundraising to add monuments and a wall dedicated to military veterans.

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