Jasper featured in state guide to walking tours
by Jennifer Cohron
Aug 08, 2010 | 1714 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper’s four parks are featured in the “Passport to Fitness” walking trail guide developed by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. (Photos by: Jennifer Cohron)
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Jasper's four parks are featured in a new guide of walking trails, tracks and town tours around Alabama.

"Passport to Fitness" was developed by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). Over 60 communities participated, and 85 trails are listed.

Penn L. Woods Walking Trail, Gamble Park, North Jasper Park and A.P. Howell Park represent Jasper.

City planner Keith Pike, who coordinated with ADECA on Jasper's portion of the project, said the guide gives an overview of the many landscapes that the state has to offer.

"The featured trails throughout this book consist of paved trails, urban sidewalks, small town streets and woodland areas," Pike said.

The scenery along the trails vary from churches in Cullman to alligators in Daphne. The length of the walk varies from less than one mile to over five miles.

Each city's section contains a map of its trail or trails, as well as information about level of difficulty and tour features such as benches and restrooms.

The guide also includes a Passport stamp page in the shape of Alabama where walkers can paste stamps they collect at each site to mark their visit.

Pike said the goal of the guide is intended to encourage Alabamians to exercise and explore.

"This is a great thing for anyone who travels throughout the state and is looking for things to do," Pike said.

Passport guides are available at Pike's office in the City Hall Annex and at Memorial Park Natatorium.