Sidewalks in the Village Keep Us on the Move!
Did you know that in the seven years since The Village of Spring Hill, Inc. began the sidewalk initiative in the Village, over 63,360 square feet of sidewalks have been installed along Old Shell Road? In addition to the sidewalks down the South side of Old Shell Road, sidewalks have recently been installed on the North side of Old Shell Road fronting Lavretta Park and continuing to Ridgelawn Drive West. Funding for this stretch of sidewalks was initiated by the children of the Spring Hill community with the first annual Village Sidewalk-A-Thon held on April 27. With over 500 participants, the walk began on the campus of Spring Hill College and proceeded one mile west to Lavretta Park. “More than $21,000 was raised by these ambitious children,” said Linda St. John, president of The Village of Spring Hill, Inc. “We are proud of each and every one of them.” The children enthusiastically embraced the project with fund raising endeavors such as lemonade stands and solicitation of their neighbors and adult friends. The lead sponsor of the event was Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic PC, with TVSH board member Susan Carley chairing the event.
This sidewalk project started by children in the community was able to expand thanks to a generous grant from The J. L. Bedsole Foundation, which funded the sidewalks fronting Lavretta Park and the adjacent parking lot. The Foundation recognized the benefit of a sidewalk network not only to improve the connectivity and safety within the community but also to extend health benefits to everyone using them to walk, run and stroll in the area.
It requires community support to bring projects like this to fruition. Just shy of the funding goal to extend the sidewalks all the way to Ridgelawn Drive West, generous donations from the E. E. Delaney Foundation, International Shipholding Corporation, Lap’s Grocery & Grill, Dr. and Mrs. Phillip Madonia, and residents of Ravine Woods gave the project the boost it needed to be completed.
Enhancements planned for the crosswalk at the intersection of Parkway West and Old Shell Road will connect these new sidewalks on the North side to the existing sidewalks on the South side of Old Shell Road, giving safer access to the commercial center of our Village. In addition to the sidewalk funding, a generous grant from the Hearin-Chandler Foundation provided five signature Village lights for placement in front of the sidewalks by Lavretta Park, thereby improving the safety of anyone enjoying this wonderful amenity in our community. The Foundation’s interest in our efforts helped complete an exciting project for our Village.
A dedication ceremony for the sidewalks is scheduled for April 26, 2013, in conjunction with the second annual Sidewalk-A-Thon. Check the Village website or Facebook page for details as the date approaches—www.thevillageofspringhill.com.