Eau Claire (WQOW) – A new initiative aims to get those in the city of clearwater out and enjoying nature even when the water turns to ice.
Wintermission Eau Claire, in partnership with the city of Eau Claire, is creating a winter recreation path.
The four-mile route will connect Phoenix Park to UW-Eau Claire’s campus and create a circuit around the historic Randall Park neighborhood.
To make sure it’s clear, the city will designate it as a high priority after snow events.
Jake Wrasse with Wintermission Eau Claire says keeping a trail cleared throughout the winter is an investment in the community’s health.
“If you’re out and about, you’re seeing more people, you’re not socially isolated, and you also have the opportunity then to help combat the warning signs of chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, anything that keeps you sedentary,” Wrasse said.
Signage for the new path went up on Tuesday.
In the future, Wintermission hopes to create a winter city strategy to study how to make the Eau Claire-Altoona area even more cold-weather friendly.