Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New Daffin Park trail named for the late Robert Espinoza

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 10:00 PM

Dozens of local runners celebratec the completion of a new running trail around Daffin Park, and to officially name it the Robert Espinoza Running Trail.

"The $550,000 project creates a rubberized 1.5-mile trail around the park, along with new brick paver crosswalks and a new sidewalk along Bee Road," says a City spokesperson.

"It's one phase of a larger SPLOST-funded plan that has improved Daffin Park with new ornamental lighting, hardscape, sidewalks, parking areas and playing fields."
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"Daffin Park is so great because it offers so many opportunities to be active, and studies have shown that an active lifestyle improves health, increases brain development, and makes people happier," said Alderwoman Mary Ellen Sprague, whose 4th District includes Daffin. "Robert Espinoza knew all this, and his efforts to get more people out and active in the community has had lasting effects on our community. I can think of no better person to name this trail after."

Espinoza was a longtime Savannah running advocate who died earlier this year. He was co-owner of Fleet Feet Sports, located just around the corner from Daffin Park on Waters Avenue.

"Robert Espinoza knew how to motivate people, and that is why we are all here," said Fleet Feet Manager Chris Ramsey. "His goal was to promote fitness in the community, no matter your age or ability."
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