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Portneuf Greenway Expands

A donation announced today could bring the Portneuf Greenway miles closer to completion.

The Portneuf Healthcare Foundation spends its time giving away its money, mostly to local causes it feels help the community live a little healthier.

“At the end of the day, the Portneuf Healthcare Foundation is dedicated to making a difference in health. Investing in the Greenway is a place that we can make a difference in the health for everybody in Pocatello,? PHF President and CEO Shaun Menchaca said.

The foundation donated $45,000 to help finish two new trails on the Portneuf Greenway.

“It’s just another way to show the community is in full support of completing and finishing the Portneuf Greenway,? Portneuf Greenway Foundation Executive Director Tamara Code said.

The soon-to-be-finished Paul Abraszewski trail follows the Portneuf River. It starts on Kraft road just before the turnoff to the Hoku plant.

The Greenway Foundation started work on the Jim Rogers and Abraszewski trails more than 2 years ago.

The paths were graded and graveled, but funds ran dry before they were finished.

“This was going to be a little hard to get these two paved, because the money just wasn’t there, but now it’s there,? Code said.

Once the two paths are paved, each will add about a mile of trail to the Greenway.

Melanie Lee walks parts of the Greenway at least a couple of times each week with her dog, named Heaven.

She said the Greenway has completely changed some parts of the city for the better.

“It’s been amazing. When I was a teenager we used to play a game down here called spook because it was so creepy, but now it’s groomed and safe and cared for,? Lee said.

She looks forward to taking her first walk on the brand-new trails . “I can’t wait to see what happens, and little Heaven here, she’ll be excited too,? Lee said.

Finishing the trails should happen fast, the Portneuf Greenway Foundation estimates both new paths should be paved and ready to walk on by Aug. 15.

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