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Trying To Stay On The Right Path With Coralville Trail Survey

CORALVILLE, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Some corridor residents use local nature trails to get away from the paperwork. Just for a little while, the City of Coralville is asking people who use its trails to fill out just one form, a survey.

"So that we can use this to better strengthen our grant requests and our funding requests to further our trails here in Coralville, said Coralvilles Director of Parks and Recreation Sherri Proud.

The survey asks what trails people use the most, why they use them and how often. Jennifer Myers-King runs marathons, so its helpful having trails that challenger her so close to where she works.

"It has hills that are required for trying to work on distance, said Myers-King. You never know what you're going to run into on a marathon so having these hills is a wonderful training tool."

Others say theres still work to be done.

"What I would really like to have happen is if it was plowed in the wintertime," said Michelle Birt Leeds, who walks with her three-month old daughter on the trails.

Thanks to the survey, the city can hear that and many similar comments.

"It'll allow people to have that voice and to be heard on what they like and what they'd like to see changed, said Proud.

The city says not to expect many changes from the results of these surveys. Since many of the trails are so new, the city is just trying to figure out exactly how its residents use them.

"For me it just feeds my spirit. I need to be out in nature, said Richard Bushby, who says he takes to the trails because he enjoys being out with nature.
 
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