NEWBURGH, Ind. (WFIE) - Warrick Trails held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for the newly upgraded Aurand Trailhead.
This marks the final completion of a series of upgrades to the area.
This is a partnership between Warrick Trails, the town of Newburgh and Ascension St. Vincent. Officials say they are thrilled to finally host a grand opening after weather and the coronavirus pandemic threw the big event off course.
On Wednesday, officials finally got the opportunity to celebrate the latest improvements to the building, including a shaded patio area, branding of the trail, a second restroom, as well as additional parking, which doubles the availability for trail users. The upgrades also include trail expansions, according to officials.
A $1.1 million project last year added a mile of walking trails, connecting the trailhead in Newburgh to the proposed Covert Avenue, Evansville Trails.
“And I will tell you I first met with Warrick Trails about four years ago, and they shared with me some of their plans and some of their vision," Dan Parod with Ascension St. Vincent said. "What I would say today, four years later, is Warrick Trails gets things done, because they have expanded trails significantly, connected trails in our area and really improved the quality of life for the residents of Warrick County, which I’ve personally benefitted.”
Officials say the trails are specifically designed for walkers and bikers to connect the riverfront to area parks and schools.
Parod listed nine reasons why people should go outside to enjoy the trails:
- It improves mental health.
- It is our body’s best source of Vitamin D.
- It boots self-esteem.
- It promotes memory.
- It reduces stress.
- It reduces anxiety.
- It improves quality of sleep.
- It boosts immunity.
- It helps burn unwanted body fat.