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Hartselle Enquirer

Future walking trail dubbed ‘Hartselle Hart Walk’ promotes heart health, downtown exploration 

By Staff Reports  

A walking trail winding through downtown Hartselle, dubbed the “Hartselle Hart Walk,” is set to be unveiled to the public this fall. Spearheaded by local community leaders and health advocates, the initiative aims to promote heart health through low-impact exercise while simultaneously driving foot traffic to downtown businesses. 

Jesi Livingston, spokesperson for the project, said the project is dual-focused.  

“The Hartselle Hart Walk is designed to encourage heart healthiness through safe, historic surroundings, while also enticing more people to explore the businesses along Main Street,” she said.  

The initiative has received a financial boost from Cullman Regional Medical Center, committing $1,500 annually to sponsor the project, Livingston said. While the total project cost is yet to be determined, a one-mile route has been outlined, strategically passing by nearly all the shops located in the historic downtown section. 

Lori Bates, Director of Cullman Regional Physician Services, said CRMC is proud to sponsor the Hart Walk and promote healthy living.  

“Making a healthy habit like walking even more enjoyable with the chance to see and shop our downtown businesses is a great idea. We’re so proud to have had the opportunity to help develop and now sponsor the Hartselle Hart Walk and hope everyone enjoys it,” Bates said. 

To guide walkers along the designated route, two signs will be installed at starting points – one in front of Oliwia’s Shave Ice on Railroad Street and another at the gazebo near Life Church. Sidewalk decals will further assist walkers in identifying the trail. Larry’s Signs in Hartselle has been tasked with printing the materials, with installation scheduled upon the completion of current downtown sidewalk construction. 

The grand opening of the Hartselle Hart Walk will be marked by a ribbon cutting by the Hartselle Chamber of Commerce. Once the decals and signs are in place, the trail will be officially open to the public, Livingston added.  

In addition to the trail launch, the Downtown Hartselle Business League (DHBL), Hartselle Parks and Rec and other community members are organizing a Fun Run scheduled for September, the weekend preceding Depot Days.  

“The DHBL also plans to partner with community groups and Hartselle City Schools to make this ‘Strengthening the Heart of Hartselle’ event a successful and community centered event,” Livingston said.  

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