Lisa and I have a reputation as walkers. Over the course of our 27-year marriage, we've explored many new places together and developed a special appreciation for communities that turn rails into trails and invest in greenways. As we become acclimated to our new community, we're enjoying the Metro Parks and the walkability of downtown Columbus.
For the past 28 years, I've served local communities through the YMCA in now four different communities. I've engaged in the process of advocacy for healthier communities and I know what it takes for communities to embrace green space, walking trails and bike routes. I also know what it is like to work on community improvements in places where the political and business communities don't fully embrace the idea that community spaces matter.
Last week, it was particularly exciting for us to take our first walk on the newly opened Scioto mile. We were stunned by the view of the city, the Scioto river now flush again, and the quality of the community space created right in the heart of the city. As we walked, we interacted casually with our neighbors experiencing a sense of connectedness in this “common space.” We experienced what all of us committed to strengthening community wish to make possible, strengthening of social capital.
I'm proud of how far our community has come and excited about engaging with partners and neighbors to create as many opportunities as possible for us to be in community together. I hope to see you out on the trail someday soon.