Tulane Sets The PACE With $450,000 St. Roch Walking Path

November 14, 2007

Keith Brannon
Phone: (504) 862-8789

Residents of the historic St. Roch neighborhood are closer to getting access to a major new amenity as they rebuild their community. Crews began pouring concrete this week for a $450,000, half-mile walking path on the neutral ground along St. Roch Avenue from the former St. Roch Market to Independence Square.

The project is a community-led effort with Tulane University's Partnership for an Active Community Environment (PACE) to help residents become more physically active.

"With sidewalks in disrepair and playgrounds used as trailer parks, residents have few places to go outside and exercise," said Kathryn Parker, PACE program manager. "Creating a walking path that will function as a linear park will encourage residents to step outside and take a walk down St. Roch Avenue."

Earlier this year, PACE interviewed approximately 100 residents and nearly 95 percent said they would use the neutral ground for outdoor activity if there was a walking path through it. PACE officials will survey residents to measure the project's impact on residents' activity levels after the path opens in January. The project is funded through recovery grants from the city of New Orleans and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. PACE is the core research project of Tulane's Prevention Research Center, an organization dedicated to studying the impact of physical and social environments on obesity and health.

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