A walking path will be built at the Eastern Oregon Higher Education Center on Southeast Columbia Drive in Hermiston.

The public pathway will allow students to exercise without leaving campus and will be used for Blue Mountain Community College health and physical education classes. It will be paid for with an $11,000 grant from the Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation.

“We’re very excited about this project as it’s been in development for about three years now,” BMCC Hermiston Associate Vice President Harvey Franklin said. “This project will benefit the entire community and help with the quality of life in our area.”

The grant funds the project’s first phase, which will develop 1,800 feet of 4-foot walking path, and will purchase two benches to be placed along the path. The second phase anticipates expanding the path to encompass neighboring properties, including the Oregon National Guard, Stafford Hansell Justice Center and the state of Oregon building on Southeast Columbia Drive.

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