The Franklin Parks Department wants to make trails safer for residents.
The department plans to install 10 emergency call boxes in less-used parts of the city’s trails that will allow residents to call the police if they get injured while walking, running or biking, parks supervisor Chip Orner said.
The $25,000 project will be paid for with part of $3.6 million the parks department borrowed for multiple projects.
The loan also will pay for upgrades to the city’s pool, recreation center and trail system, with residents paying off the debt over the next 15 years.
Most people don’t carry their phones while exercising, Orner said, so the boxes will be placed on the city’s trails where residents may need them if they are too far from their vehicles or other residents.
For instance, if a resident gets injured while on the trail or sees someone doing something suspicious, they can use the emergency call box to call the police.
The call boxes will work through the Franklin Police Department’s radio system, and when a resident pushes a button on the box, it will call dispatchers, Orner said.