Walking trail dedicated in Belington

Nearly 100 people gathered in Belington’s City Park Thursday evening for the dedication of a new walking trail.

Officials spent five years and a great deal of work and dedication to make the trail a reality.

Hostess Terri Kittle thanked everyone for coming Thursday and said, “We are just excited to finally have all our hard work pay off.”

Kittle said this would never have been possible without the Belington Revitalization Committee, Belington On-Track members, and the City of Belington partnering together. The project was mostly funded by a Department of Transportation Enhancement Grant.

“We just want kids to have a safe way to get to the park,” Kittle said.

When Belington Clinic/Brandon Wellness Center officials heard about the new walking trail, they wanted to get on board as well. They have ordered three fitness stations to be placed along the trail.

Patrick Barrett took part in the ribbon cutting, asking the blessing on the new trail.

“We ask that You bless this trail, and that we will be able to use it for the health and fitness of the community,” Barrett said in his prayer.

The trail is a half mile in length and runs between the railroad tracks and the river from the City Park to the bridge in Belington.

Former mayor Jean Clark publicly thanked Kittle for her hard work and dedication, saying, “Terri kept everyone on track. I have never seen anyone work so hard on a project.”

Several members of the Belington Volunteer Fire Department were on hand to grill hotdogs for the celebration. Popcorn, bottled water and a West Virginia birthday cake for all to enjoy.

Wade Church, who likes to walk his dog, said, “My favorite part of the trail is where it goes past the historic trains parked at the former railyard. It’s very interesting to look at.”

Folks in the area are not wasting any time in putting the new trail to a good use. Today at 6 p.m., the Belington Clinic Wellness Warriors present a Stomp Out Cancer Walk-A-Thon.

The one-mile walk will begin and end at the entrance of the trail, located across from Belington Prescription Center. Anyone can walk in the event, and survivors especially are encouraged to participate.