HAMLET — Richmond Community College students, faculty and staff looking to incorporate some exercise into their daily routine on campus will soon have access to the Mary Ellen Kindley Fitness Trail.
The future walking trail with fitness stations has been named in honor of the wife of longtime Rockingham Mayor G.R. Kindley, who has served as president of the RCC Foundation Board of Directors and co-chairman of the steering committee for the Forte Building expansion. The walking trail will also be open to public use.
“We wanted to provide a resource to our campus community as well as the general public that would encourage physical activity and overall health,” college President Dr. Dale McInnis said in a statement.
The Kindley family made a financial contribution to the trail, and they hope others will also support the establishment of the walking trail.
“We are looking for friends and supporters to help make this project a possibility,” said McInnis. “We have a lead gift from the (G.R.) Kindley family, and Mr. Kindley has secured the RCC Foundation an in-kind donation from Vulcan Materials for the stone for the trail.”
Kindley is retired from 50 years in the construction business, but he has always been actively involved in political and civic endeavors as well.
“Throughout my business and political careers, Mary Ellen has always been my best supporter and campaigner,” Kindley said. “She never meets a stranger and has been great in public relations and as a campaigner for me. Naming this walking trail in her honor is a tribute to her steadfast support in all my public service.”
The two-thirds-mile trail will be dotted with 10 fitness stations that will allow users to do crunches, pull-ups and other exercises. The track will wind through the wooded area behind the Forte Building on RCC’s main campus in Hamlet.
“The Kindley family has been a great partner and supporter of the college for a number of years,” said McInnis. “We are humbled to have the opportunity to work with them on this worthwhile project that will honor Mrs. Kindley.”
Donations to the fitness trail project can be mailed to the RCC Foundation, P.O. Box 1189, Hamlet, NC 28345. For more information, contact the RCC Foundation at 910-410-1807 or firstname.lastname@example.org.