The popular walking trail is getting an upgrade to provide better access to the walkway. The one-mile-long trail that loops around the hospital began as a mulch-covered path in 2005. It was later converted to a gravel walk and in 2017 was rededicated when it was paved. The Northwest Hospital Foundation led the effort to provide nearly $80,000 to the hospital to have the trail paved and entrance areas installed.
The path is used by hospital employees as well as the local community and school students, including Cranberry High School runners.
The improvements being done now near the main entranceway to the hospital will correct the grade, improve drainage and provide installed ADA mats. The work will bring the trail into ADA compliance.
Access will also be enhanced for patients and visitors with physical challenges with the installation of more accessible curb cuts. “Since paving the trail in 2017, the hospital has received requests from individuals with mobility limitations who would like to access the trail independently,” said Theresa Edder, executive director of the non-profit foundation. “Together we can ensure inclusion for all who want to benefit from the trail by ensuring safe access by wheelchair, walker, cane or any other assistance device.”
Funding for the project came from the Elizabeth S. Black Charitable Trust. Whalen Contracting is doing the work which should be completed this spring.