Tularosa Residents and interested parties have been meeting since June in a newly founded group, “Tulie Trails Planning Committee.” This idea started with a visit from the VIVA Communities Initiative of UNM’s Prevention Research Center.
Recently, Tulie Trails has drafted goals which are currently under review for formalization. The goals focus on both short-term and long-term ideas, as well as long-range and in-town connectivity.
In addition to monthly planning meetings, we are participating/ growing through the following steps:
- October 4th – Field Trip around Fiddlers’ Green Trail, a private property but open invitation 1.1 mile loop walk on a gravel path, just south of Tularosa Village off of Rattlesnake Road (photo attached)
- NMSU-A’s STEM Program Operations Director is currently working on an update of the Otero County Prescription Trails Guides and will be presenting to the Tularosa Rotary club on October 25th.
- October 29th – Halloween on Granado Street, Tulie Trails is participating to help get community buy-in for trails; and to invite families out to a community walk on
- November 22nd – Community Walk: one mile between two parks. We are spreading the word through school and through Head Start program.
- Representatives from our local Council of Governments/ Regional Planning Organization, NMDOT, the Bureau of Land Management have all participated and show interest in partnering with Tulie Trails’ efforts.
- A diverse range of sectors and interests are represented: Presbyterian Medical Services Tularosa Clinic, Otero Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) committee, Otero Cooperative Extension, USFS – Lincoln National Forest, NMSUA, NM Rails to Trails Association, Tularosa Schools, local merchants, Tularosa Arts and History Council, Tularosa residents, a Registered Dietician Nutritionist, UNM- Prevention Research Center, SERPO, BLM, County Commissioner, NMDOH, and NMDOT.
The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends adults get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. This graph shows the percentage of adults who meet this recommendation in Otero County (including Tularosa) as compared to New Mexico and the United States in the years 2011, 2013, and 2015.
For more information on health stats in Otero County, check out the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.
Last updated Dec. 10, 2018