NEWPORT NEWS—As part of the implementation of the city’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) grant, Newport News is in the process of developing a Health and Wellness Trail Network. The Network is intended to connect activity and investment within the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood (MRCN) and surrounding communities. The goal is to promote health, wellness, social connectivity, and access to economic development opportunities while highlighting the rich history of the community.
The Health and Wellness Trail Network will extend from the waterfront at Pinkett’s Beach at King-Lincoln Park to 18th Street and connect with other transportation corridors, including Ivy Avenue and 16th Street. It will also align with the proposed Birthplace of America Trail on 16th Street and Madison Avenue, as well as the Chesapeake Avenue Bike Trail, and offer broader connections to the greater Southeast Community and Downtown Newport News. This project is one of the Critical Community Improvements being supported by CNI funds.
“The Health and Wellness Trail will be an amenity open and accessible to the public,” says Derek E. Perry, economic development manager for Newport News. “We view this as a resource and amenity that will promote health and wellness, as well as provide connectivity to existing and planned neighborhood assets, like the future Seafood Market. Right now, we anticipate the main segment of the trail to be completed by 2024. The trail will likely be constructed in different segments, in coordination with surrounding housing and infrastructure construction projects. While plans are still being developed for the surrounding areas, there will be parking available for those driving in from other areas.”
The city is working with contractor, Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, to engage with residents on trail planning efforts and to develop branding and signage for the Network. To better understand the amenities and features people want and need, the community is invited to take a brief survey to share input on the future of the neighborhood/community as a result of this project. Participants in the survey are also encouraged to provide recommendations on the trail’s logo design.