Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Support levy to improve the bike path

    I am writing in support of the Blaine County Recreation District’s two-year levy to pay for repaving and rebuilding the Wood River Trail. The 22-mile trail from Bellevue to north of Ketchum is an essential community connector that allows healthy and safe outdoor activities for all.  
    The Wood River Trail makes it easy, fun, and safe for our families to enjoy recreation and healthy activity. As former director and a current coach of Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley, I see firsthand the many benefits that physical activity has in giving girls a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.  
    According to statistics from the Women’s Sports Foundation, if girls are not active by age 10, there is only a 10 percent chance they will be active at age 25. Studies also show that women who are active in recreational activities and sports as girls feel greater confidence, self-esteem, and pride than those who were sedentary as kids.
    Because the Wood River Trail is so important to our families, our community, and to our own health and recreation enjoyment, we need to make sure that it lasts for the next 30 years.  Please vote May 21.   
Shari Kunz

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