Trail Supporter Input Needed for Covington Comprehensive Plan Update
September 11, 2017
The city of Covington has begun the process of updating their comprehensive plan. One of the initial steps is to seek stakeholder comments through a ten question survey. Newton Trails encourages trail supporters to share their vision for the future of Covington with an emphasis on developing the Covington section of Cricket Frog Trail.
Reasons to develop multi-use, greenway trails, and specifically the Cricket Frog Trail, in Covington include the following:
PROVIDE ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
Free and open to the public, trails serve citizens of all economic backgrounds. The four-mile section of rail trail in Covington city limits would connect Washington Street, Highway 278, the Covington Square, and the Covington Bypass business districts as well as multiple neighborhoods and civic spaces in between. With a gentle grade, the rail trail is accessible to people of all ages and abilities.
SUPPORT THE LOCAL ECONOMY
Economically, Cricket Frog Trail is important for the future of Covington in terms of attracting high quality industry and residents who seek healthy lifestyles and outdoor recreation opportunities. According to the National Homebuilders Association, trails are the number one community amenity sought by prospective homeowners. Rail trails also attract tourists who spend money in the towns along the trail. Subsequently, trails help to grow small business opportunities benefiting the local economy.
PRESERVE HISTORY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Cricket Frog Trail will also help preserve and share the history and natural beauty of Covington. Moving at a slower pace than those traveling by car, pedestrians and cyclists take time to read historic markers, photograph old buildings and natural scenery, and seek out the stories behind the places they visit, all of which can fuel preservation efforts.
INCREASE RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES
Another important benefit will be residents' increased access to recreation. According to the 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings, 34 percent of Newton County adults are obese, compared to 29 percent statewide. Additionally, 30 percent of Newton County adults are inactive, compared to 25 percent statewide. CDC data shows a strong correlation between communities with high incidences of walking and biking and lower levels of obesity-related illnesses like diabetes.
Please take ten minutes to complete the ten-question survey via the link below and share this opportunity with your family, friends and neighbors.