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It's Time Texas: June 6, 2012

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

Last week on "It's Time Texas," we learned about jump starting a healthy lifestyle.  This week we show you what the City of Corpus Christi is doing to expand the places we can be active.

Whether you bike, run or walk the dogs the City of Corpus Christi wants you to lead a more active lifestyle.

"We want people to get up once, twice a week and then turn that into three times a week and bring a friend along," says Wade Spenst with the Corpus Christi Mayor's Fitness Council.

Spenst is the chairman of the Mayor's Fitness Council.  He says by 2014 the distance of hike and bike trails in the area will increase nearly 10 miles.  The other five miles will go into expanding biking lanes on roadways.  At area parks like West Guth, concrete paths were recently installed.  A concrete addition is $500,000 per mile.  Spenst says there are ways to reduce expenditures.

Financing for the hike and bike project is coming from 2012 bond money, the federal government and local businesses willing to invest in health and lifestyle initiatives.

By the end of the year, the Mayor's Fitness Council hopes to have more than $1 Million in their coffers.  By 2014 nearly half a dozen parks should be expanded.