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Updated: 6/23/2013 11:25 pm
AMORY, Miss. (WTVA) - Thanks to one person's generosity, the city of Amory will have land that can be used by people who like to exercise and enjoy nature at the same time.

A lifelong resident of Amory has donated land to the city so it can be used as a nature trail and recreational area.

"I hope that the citizens of Amory can continue to enjoy the freedom of open space as urban sprawl continues to go across all of this country," said Martha Dalrymple, Amory resident.

The land sits off of a well-traveled street across from Concord Fields with Amory Park and Recreation.

With the land being in the same area as ball fields and close to a school and park, it's considered an ideal location by city officials.

"This is something that is coming in and be a great asset to the city of Amory," adds Jamie Morgan, grant administrator for the city. "It's going to encourage people to get out and exercise, to bike, to walk, to run, to jog out in nature [and] to learn while they're doing it."

One of the stipulations to the land being donated to the city of Amory is that nothing can be built on it; the only thing that can be constructed on the 34 acres is something that pertains to the recreational trail.

"The stipulations were very strict as they should have been because it's for you to get out and enjoy nature and to exercise," adds Morgan.

People who live or frequent the area say they are counting the days to when the new trail opens.

"I know my children will get out there and run," adds Kelly Martin, Monroe County resident. "I have one that loves to run and one that loves to ride bikes, and they'll just get out there and enjoy it in this area."

"It's a perfect opportunity to bring your children out and get active in nature and because Wildlife Mississippi is involved, nature will be the focus," added Morgan.

In addition to being an area where people can exercise, it will also feature educational stations where one can learn about trees and natural habitats.

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