On July 17, 2019, members from the University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center’s VIVA Connects program met with representatives from the Grant County Trails Coalition (now the Gila Trails and Open Space Committee), the New Mexico Department of Health, and other community members to assess the status of Boston Hill’s Signage Improvement Project. Trailheads were visited, existing signage was noted, and updates and improvements to the trail system as a whole were discussed. Meeting with this diverse, multi-coalition group of stakeholders enabled VIVA Connects to develop a deep understanding of the underlying barriers and facilitator’s at-play when successfully implementing projects aimed at improving places for physical activity in rural settings.
While numerous improvements and trail additions have been made since its inception, the region’s mapping has not been updated since it first opened in 2008. And, combined with the absence of comprehensive way-point signage, some users have felt discouraged from utilizing the space to its fullest potential. See report for more details.