The city of Columbus is getting a crash course on its history. Turn Around Columbus unveiled a new outdoor learning trail designed to teach tourists and Columbus residents about the city’s past.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Outdoor Learning Trail will start at the intersection of Macon Road and Rigdon Road. On the trail, people can come to learn about the history of the Fountain City. The trail will also serve as a tourist attraction. Turn Around Columbus has set aside about $55,000 for the three-mile project. Eventually, signs, flowers and other aesthetically pleasing features will be placed along the trail.
Spokesman Ronzell Buckner says no taxpayer money goes into this project. Instead, Turn Around Columbus relies on private contributions and volunteer services. Bucker adds that the support of city leaders and activists teaches people the importance of tradition and continues the legacy of Dr. King’s dream.
“We are now creating an educational venture that will help our kids understand whose shoulders they’re standing on and also instill pride into them,” Buckner said.
He notes that the already existing Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard only gets people from “point A to point B.” But the new educational trail will encompass a popular quote from the late Dr. King: “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
The outdoor learning trail ends at the intersection 10th Street and Bay Avenue. It’s scheduled to be completed by this spring.