The Twin Falls Rotary Club will be doing maintenance on the CSI Fitness Trail. There is a fitness trail on the campus of the College of Southern Idaho that was originally constructed by the Twin Falls Rotary Club several yeas ago. The trail is used by a large number of the local community for walking and exercising at the several exercise stations found along the trail which is over 2.5 miles. We need to purchase a cinder / bark mix that will be used to cover areas where the cinders and bark have either been blown away or washed away by rain and use over time. We are planning to work on the sections that are in the worst state of repair.
In addition we have applied for a grant to help buy a replacement station for the trail. The existing stations are built of wood and have been in place for many years and some are in bad need of repair.
One of the missions of the Rotary Foundation is to support projects that promote the improvement of health. The use that this trail gets by people in the community is a testament to the need of such a facility in the community. The Twin Falls Rotary Club originally took the leadership in getting the trail built years ago. Exercise is key to improving health and walking has been shown to be extremely beneficial to improving and maintaining health. Keeping the trail in good shape will help promote it's use and it's continued benefit to the community.
We will do this project in conjunction with students from the eight grade at Vera C. O Leary Middle School here in Twin Falls, who have a "Helping Hands" project annually where the students "give back" to their community. The project is all part of developing a "service minded" citizen in our young people. We Rotarian's are happy to help in that educational process which will help to instill the Service Above Self attitude in our young people.
The School District provides the transportation to the site, the student labor and teachers who help supervise the project. The project takes about 4 hours of the student time. . We Rotarians provide 10 vehicles to haul cinders from the storage site to the trail. The Rotarians provide equipment for unloading the mix and spreading it on the trail. The students provide the manpower for the project. We will normally have about 30 Rotarians that are involved in the project. A driver for each vehicle and 2 per vehicle to supervise and assist the students in applying the material.
We have budgeted $5000 for the bark/cinder mix, $3,000 for a new exercise station and $500 for transportation costs for transporting the students to and from the project. The total budget for the project is $8,500.