The Tennessee Public Health Association has proudly announced the City of Alcoa as the winner of the first annual TPHA Visionary Award for the East Tennessee Grand Division. The Visionary Award was created to recognize a person, group, or agency in each grand division of the state of Tennessee who has made an outstanding contribution to the health of their community. The Visionary Award has become part of TPHA’s celebration of National Public Health Week, held across the United States every year during the first full week of April. “This year’s award honors those who are dedicating their time, talents, and efforts to promote good health through creating opportunities in their community that encourage physical activity and provide a safe place to walk, run, or bike”, said Doris Spain, Executive Director of the Tennessee Public Health Association, “and the City of Alcoa is an exceptional example of that for the state of Tennessee.”
Construction of the Greenway Pedestrian Bridge has provided opportunities to a large number of Blount County residents and communities to have safe, convenient access to the Greenway Trails as a recreational site for walking, running, biking, and rollerblading, as well as a means of transportation to schools and work sites. The pedestrian bridge provides residents and visitors with physical activity opportunities at the parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, picnic areas, and sports fields that are accessed through the greenway. Through a collaborative effort between the City of Alcoa and the governments of Maryville and Blount County, the further expansion of the greenway can reach an even greater number of adults, families, children, and community groups.
Through these efforts, the City of Alcoa has made a positive impact on the health and well-being of countless children and adults in the Alcoa area. The Tennessee Public Health Association is delighted to present this award to the City of Alcoa and draw well-deserved attention to their extraordinary contributions.