"In an effort to promote health and just the fact that we can get people out into the parks to enjoy the beauty of the parks themselves and all that it has to offer," Assistant Park Superintendent Pat Bales said on Wednesday.
Walkers of all ages woke up and got out on January 1st to take part in the park's first annual "New Hike" -- a three-mile long trail.
Some new walkers ...
"Exercise is going to be part of my new years resolution," San Angelo resident Victoria Rees said.
... And some professionals ...
"I've already done two miles this morning so this trail will give me the five for the day so I'll have my 10,000 steps in that healthy adults are supposed to take every day," San Angelo resident Marilyn Flage said.
... Joined together to start the year off right.
"It's a great idea .. a first day hike, you know it's kind of like if you set what you are going to do on New Year's Day and it's kind of a way to launch the year off," Laurel Scott, a San Angelo resident said.
Bales says the walk not only allows people to start working on their resolutions on time, but also reminds them that the park is in the city and has been since 1995.
"It's a new year and a new day and a new beginning so starting off the year right."
San Angelo's State Park opens at 8 a.m. seven days a week.
Michelle Kingston, KLST News.