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College Park exercise path being rebuilt

The walking and exercise path around College Park got a long overdue makeover, thanks to some local Boy Scouts and other volunteers.

T.J. Hampton, a member of Winchester-based Troop 75, worked on the project for his Eagle rank, the highest available in scouting. It requires completing a public service project, including raising the funds and labor.

Hampton said he started talking to Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation about the project in February, but it was finally approved in August.

“We’ve just put down new gravel and will put up signs,” Hampton said. “(The path) has been here a long time. People have been walking in the road (and) it’s dangerous.”

Hampton said the path is 2,068 feet long.

On an August afternoon, volunteers and employees from Winchester Public Works and the Clark County Road Department were on site helping spread gravel along the route around the park.

“This project’s been in the back of my head for a long time,” former Parks Board Chairman Charlie Eury said. “(The path’s) been here a long time. The Telephone Pioneers built it. It was here long before I was.”

There are exercise stations at various points along the path, though Eury said those could stand to be rebuilt as well.

Hampton said he hoped to be finished in a couple of weeks with the installation of the signs.