The Paul Ambrose Trail for Health (PATH) is a growing bicycle and pedestrian trail system providing free, healthy recreational and alternative transportation opportunities for the City of Huntington and surrounding areas. Through grants, sponsorships and individual contributions, over $4 million has been raised to support the construction and maintenance of PATH.
PATH is a vital part of Huntington’s continued efforts toward the redevelopment and growth of the city, because it:
- Serves as a central walking, cycling and meeting place that has shown to revive vulnerable areas throughout the city
- Connects businesses, schools and communities as a means of alternative transportation in Huntington
- Enhances mixed development and redevelopment strategies with greater accessibility to green space
- Contributes to the growth of municipal revenue as a result of increased property values
In Honor of Dr. Paul Ambrose
Dr. Paul Ambrose, the namesake of PATH, was a promising young physician who was killed at the Pentagon in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Dr. Ambrose was dedicated to family health and preventative medicine to fight obesity and the trail system is a way for his efforts to continue to have an impact in Huntington.
Dr. Paul Ambrose was passionate about improving the health of our nation. A native of Huntington, Paul received his undergraduate degree from Marshall University and his medical degree from the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University. While in medical school, he was one of ten students nationwide to receive a Washington Health policy fellowship.
After graduation from medical school, Paul took a one-year position as national legislative director of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) lobbying for health policy change and educating medical students regarding health issues. He completed his family practice residency at Dartmouth, where he collaborated with Dartmouth faculty to develop a new five-year fellowship, combining family and preventative medicine and physician leadership, which was later named in his honor.
On September 11, 2001, Paul had just completed the final edit on the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity and was in route to attend an adolescent obesity conference in Los Angeles, when terrorists crashed his plane into the Pentagon. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action was published in December 2001, and Paul received the Surgeon General’s Medal of Honor for his work on this project, which brought obesity to the forefront of the U.S. health care agenda and initiated vast continuing projects across the country to improve diet and increase exercise.
Paul’s parents, Ken and Sharon Ambrose, have continued Paul’s legacy with the creation of PATH.
The Ambrose family, in partnership with the Rahall Transportation Institute Foundation, the City of Huntington and the Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation District, has designed PATH to serve as a central walking, jogging and cycling trail to allow free recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.