SOMETHING special is happening with Quincy's Cedar Creek Trail project as three donations of at least $100,000 have come in so far this year toward a new round of construction.
The Blessing Health System and Quincy Medical Group Healthcare Foundation each made $100,000 donations last week, joining the Quincy Rotary Club, which presented $108,000 to the Friends of the Trails earlier this year. So far donations have covered $454,050 of the $500,000 needed to win matching funds from the Quincy Park District. If another $45,950 comes in it will set in motion the second phase of construction on Cedar Creek Trail. The walking, hiking and biking trail has been in place between 12th and 18th Streets for nearly four years. The new section will stretch a little more than one mile to the west, from 12th Street to Fifth Street.
Quincy Park District Executive Director Ed Seger said the trail is important for exercise, recreation and quality of life in the community. Aric Sharp, CEO of Quincy Medical Group, talked about the overall health benefits and the "mental and spiritual aspects" of an outdoor trail. Brad Billings, president and CEO of Blessing Corporate Services, called it an investment in the health of the community.
All those things are true. In addition, the trail, which was first envisioned as early as the 1940s, has become something the community is rallying around.
Streets and sidewalks, water and sewer, power lines and telephone service are among the basics that every town needs. Cedar Creek Trail is one of the extras that make life more enjoyable for residents.
After a third construction phase, the Cedar Creek Trail is expected to stretch from the Mississippi River to 36th Street. For thousands of Quincy residents and visitors, it will be a valuable resource for healthy living.
Support from donors already shows a healthy community spirit and a can-do attitude.