The ability for Oconto Falls residents to “hit the trail” is now a reality as the 1,145-foot walking trail in the city completed its final phase of construction in September 2020.
The eight-foot-wide trail runs along the Oconto Falls High School campus, a major county highway and near HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. Residents now have a safe walking path where there were no sidewalks previously. HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and the Oconto Falls School District provided funding for the final portion. Other supportive groups include the Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and the Healthy Oconto County Coalition.
The trail system project grew out of an identified need for increased physical activity for residents of Oconto County. The most recent community health needs assessment stated 1 in 4 Oconto County adults reported no physical activity, and 28 percent of Oconto County adults were considered obese. By creating safe walking trails that connect to existing sidewalks, residents are encouraged to become more active.
To celebrate the completion of the trail, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for participating organizations and community members.