UCSO President: New hiking trail slated for Oct. 15

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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - The University Center of Southern Oklahoma president said her team broke ground on their new hiking trail around the UCSO campus in Ardmore.

The University Center of Southern Oklahoma's president announces a completion date for new hiking trails that expand pre-existing trails on Veterans Boulevard in Ardmore.

President Peggy Maher of UCSO said the project first came to fruition last Spring where they eventually got help from local institutions.

"The Ardmore Institute of Health gave us $50,000 and one of their goals is to get Carter County moving and something like this, y'know, a good walk helps with that,” said Maher.

The entire project is paid for by the UCSO and will eventually stretch all the way to Ardmore Regional Park.

Nearly making it a 50 minute walk.

"It's open to the general public. We want the staff, faculty and our students to enjoy it, but it also connects to the city parks and recreation trails," said Maher.

The trails are also an extension of the ones already paved along Veterans Boulevard near Ardmore High School and middle school.

Maher said this provides an alternative route for high school students taking college level courses at UCSO

β€œIt also runs to our old building which we still have classes, so students who have classes in both places and can walk up here,” said Maher.

Maher said a grand opening for the trail will be on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019, and the new UCSO trail will be open from sunup to sundown.