IC Imagine’s master site plan includes a 3.1-mile trail to traverse its 47-acre campus; however, original funding for the school’s completion could not accommodate its construction. As a charter school, IC Imagine does not receive federal, state or local funding to assist with capital improvements, so it has been up to the school to secure funding for this project. Over the past few years, the school has been able to raise sufficient funds and construction will begin in December 2022! We anticipate being able to use the Kingfisher Trail beginning late Spring 2023.
IC Imagine recognizes the importance of providing outdoor spaces and engaging our students with their environment. We know time spent outside helps youth develop a better understanding of the world around them; fosters a strong appreciation of the environment; and creates socially-minded, considerate and resourceful individuals. As a school committed to integrating healthy living into not only its curriculum but also its extracurricular activities, we know creating opportunities for our students to be outside reduces stress, improves brain function, and helps them develop healthy relationships.
The Trail at IC Imagine will provide a myriad of incredible opportunities not previously afforded to our students, our school and our local community. In addition to being used for educational purposes such as science and PE classes, we know it will be used by our Adventure Club for hiking and biking, by our mountain bike and cross country teams for practices and races, and by our school for events such as the Fine Arts 5K. Additionally, we are exploring ways to make this trail accessible to other user-groups within the western NC community.
Even though the Kingfisher Trail is becoming a reality, there will be regular maintenance. We invite you to support The Trail by making a donation. Your generosity, combined with contributions from other individuals and businesses, will ensure the longevity of this trail for future generations.