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Posted Friday, February 3, 2006
Goldston, NC - There is a gravel trail in Goldston that is almost a half mile per loop, has pretty tree-filled surroundings, and is quiet. Not sure where this trail is? Like you, most of the Goldston area doesn’t know that Robert’s Chapel Church has such a facility.
The trail was created in 2001 as part of the five year vision for the LIGHT Way Program. LIGHT Way stands for Living in God’s Holy Temple. It is a physical activity and nutrition program sponsored by the health department that helps several churches in Chatham County establish health ministries and encourage healthier behaviors for their congregations.
When Robert’s Chapel joined the LIGHT Way program five years ago, they were asked to set goals what they would like to accomplish. The trail became a focal point. The church received funds from the health department that same year to start the groundwork. Since that time, Robert’s Chapel has continued to raise money to fix up the trail and make it walkable.
Today the trail is used by members of the church on a regular basis. In May 2004, Robert’s Chapel hosted LIGHT Way Family Fun Day. It was a chance for members of LIGHT Way churches to get together and enjoy being physically active by playing games and walking on the trail. The trail brings many other benefits besides hosting events.
Mrs. Thelma Turner, member of the original LIGHT Way committee that developed the trail says, “Many members have mentioned that walking on the trail and the exercise has improved their mind and body.”
Future plans for the trail include paving it with asphalt on the west side of the church. The gravel surface causes problems by washing away during heavy storms.
Robert’s Chapel is pleased of the history and hard work it has put into their walking trail. One thing they would like the surrounding areas to know is that the path is available for use by anyone in the community, not just church members.
For more information on the trail, please contact Marissa Jelks at the Chatham County Public Health Department at 542-8297.
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