The track, planned to connect with the Woodstock Greenprints trail network in the future, stretches for a quarter-mile through a wooded area on the elementary school’s campus.
Dr. Scott Fortes, a physical education teacher at Woodstock Elementary and Staff Member of the Month for August, headed up the project for the last year.
“This track will benefit our staff, students and the community at large,” he said. “Principal Kim Montalbano and I are excited to start the 2014-15 school year with a place where the entire school family, and the community that so graciously supports us, can be healthy in a natural environment.”
Woodstock Elementary School’s fifth-grade chorus performed at the ribbon-cutting event Friday morning, as school staff and administration, Woodstock officials and community members celebrated the opening of the Woodstock Fitness Park.
The fitness park, which includes the track and a pavilion, was built through a collaboration between the school, Greenprints Alliance and WellStar Health System.
“On behalf of Woodstock Elementary School, we would like to express our gratitude to both WellStar and Greenprints Alliance for partnering with the school to make dreams come true,” Fortes said.
Kim Menefee, senior vice president of public/government affairs at WellStar Health Systems, said WellStar is committed to building healthier communities.
“We hope the new track inspires students at Woodstock Elementary School and the residents of Cherokee County to live an active, healthy life,” she said.
WellStar Health System Senior Vice President of Health Parks Development, Joe Brywczynski, cut the ribbon for the fitness park during the opening event, as community stakeholders looked on.
The asphalt track will not only be available for school activities and programs, but will also be available for community use outside of school hours.
The course will be open to the public on weekends from dawn until dusk and Monday through Friday before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m. Woodstock Elementary School is at 230 Rope Mill Road, in Woodstock.