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Vision Resource Center Dedicates Walking Trail for the Blind

Oct 16, 2020

The Vision Resource Center dedicated a walking trail for blind and visually impaired people in a ceremony Oct. 15 at the Center for the Blind at 2736 Cedar Creek Road. The event was held to coincide with National White Cane Awareness Day, a national observance recognizing the independence and accomplishments of the blind.

The walking trail is a quarter-mile gravel loop designed to provide a safe place for blind and visually impaired people to walk. An anonymous foundation donated funds for the trail, which was built by Green Biz Nursery of Fayetteville.

Vision Resource Center Executive Director Terri Thomas said the new trail provides a safe place for blind and visually impaired people to walk for fitness and recreation. Thomas said diabetes is the most common cause of blindness and the walking trail will help individuals improve their overall health.

“This walking trail will afford them the opportunity to walk in a very safe place where they don’t have to worry about sidewalks or traffic,” Thomas said. “They can come out and enjoy the outdoors and get their health and wellness going every day.”

The VRC moved into the 2,752-square-foot house in May 2019 after the Board of Commissioners approved an agreement for the group to lease the building from the County for three years and three months at a rate of $2,400 a year.

The VRC serves blind and visually impaired children and adults in Cumberland County through a variety of programs and services to enrich the lives of members. Programs include healthy living programs, independent living classes, arts and crafts, social activities, support group meetings and a summer camp for blind children. Clients receive transportation by van to and from the center for daily and special activities.

The VRC began in 1936 as the Cumberland County Association of the Blind. It was incorporated in 1976 and its name was changed to Vision Resource Center in 2000. For more information, go to www.visionresourcecentercc.org or call 910-483-2719.