Walking path being created in Courtland

Published 2:18 pm Saturday, March 28, 2020

A dirt path will become a nearly quarter-mile paved track for people to safely walk and wheelchair roll in the Courtland community. — Submitted Maxine Nowlin

Community helping to fulfill ‘Call to Action’


The Courtland community is responding to the Surgeon General’s Call to Action — whose goal is to increase walking — by working together to increase access to safe and convenient places to walk and wheelchair roll, and to create a culture that supports walking for all Americans.

Referring to the campaign (www.hhs.gov), community leader Maxine Nowlin said, “Thanks to the Franklin Southampton Charities for supporting our efforts to increase physical activities, which promote lifelong health benefits for our communities.”

She continued to say that a paved track will replace the dirt track with accessibility and parking for those with disabilities. The track distance is 50 feet short of being a quarter of a mile.

R.C. Paving and Son LLC in Suffolk has been hired to do the work. Robert Chavis said on Friday, “If nothing else happens [i.e. COVID-19], the work should be done at least in two weeks, depending on the weather.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned.

“We welcome all to come and enjoy our amenities,” Nowlin said. “Our location is 25499 Florence St., Courtland.”

STEPHEN H. COWLES, staff writer, contributed to this story.