On April 27, Parkview LaGrange Hospital opened the first phase of a ½-mile walking track that is open to the LaGrange community.
Parkview LaGrange Foundation Coordinator Jen Will said that the hospital has wanted to put a walking track in place for years. “With the lack of fitness facilities in LaGrange County, Parkview LaGrange Hospital felt it was important to be a leader in advocating preventative health options,” Will stated. She added that the hospital hopes that the walking track will be a hub for walkers and fitness enthusiasts in the community.
The hospital plans to start a PLH Walking Club, with incentives offered through the hospital’s Community Health Improvement program.
The project has two more phases planned. Phase II will include the installation of outdoor fitness equipment in the open space at the southeast part of the hospital property. Will said the hospital hopes to have that ready later this summer.
Phase III will be the installation of benches and rest areas around the track, as well as landscaping. They hope to have the entire project completed by the summer of 2013.
“A project like this does not happen without the support of many people,” Will said. The foundation received support from the Olive B. Cole Foundation and a three-year pledge from the Parkview LaGrange Volunteers. The foundation also received gifts from various groups and individuals within the community, Will said.