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Herkimer County HealthNet Executive Director Presents Checks for Playground and Trail Projects


August 7th, 2012

HERKIMER – Herkimer County HealthNet’s Executive Director presented checks recently to four municipalities and organizations in Herkimer County for their playground and trail development and enhancement projects. The mini-grants were selected by HealthNet’s Wellness committee, and were funded by the New York State Department of Health’s Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play grant.


The Little Falls Central School District is utilizing the funds towards the Benton Hall Academy Playground, which is set for completion at the end of August. The Town of Ohio has plans to work on a fitness trail, equipped with fitness stations that will line the inner-perimeter of the town’s park. The Town of Russia, whose trail is currently listed in the 2012 Herkimer County Trails Map/Guide, will be enhanced for hikers and outdoor sporting enthusiasts. The Town of Webb is investing in a waterfront recreation and revitalization project, and the Creating Healthy Places mini-grant funds are earmarked for enhancing the waterfront’s playground.


Over the past two years, Herkimer County HealthNet has invested nearly $120,000 in Herkimer County’s trails and playgrounds. One of the objectives of the Creating Healthy Places work plan is to establish, improve and promote the use of neighborhood or community trails and physical activity spaces in Herkimer County. The goal of the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play grant is to prevent obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and other chronic diseases through the implementation of sustainable policy, systems, and environmental changes on communities where people live, work and play.


Herkimer County HealthNet’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of individuals who live, work, play, and learn in Herkimer County.


CONTACT: Thomas Curnow, Herkimer County HealthNet, (315) 867-1552 or
Alison J. Swartz, Coordinator of Creating Healthy Places grant initiative, (315) 867-1499

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