New Pavement Celebration this weekend at Miami Riverview Park!
“If you haven’t been on the newly paved section of the trail, you need to treat yourself,” says one of our volunteers. “It’s like water skiing when the lake is glass; so smooth!”
An 8-mile section of trail from Camp Denison to Loveland was recently repaved, thanks to a $750,000 grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The work included drainage improvement and widening of the trail through downtown Loveland.
The public is invited to attend a celebration of the newly-surfaced trail section, where local officials and representatives of organizations involved in the work will speak:
Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m.
Miami Riverview Park
587 Branch Hill-Loveland Rd.
This celebration comes 33 years after another gathering in Loveland when the brand-new scenic trail was dedicated. The trail in 1984 ran for 13.5 miles from Loveland to Morrow. You can read more about the trail’s founding here.
The Friends thank Martin McAllister, former Southwest District Manager of Ohio State Parks and Preserves, who applied for this grant. Retired now, he visited the newly paved section last week. “I am very happy this project came to fruition,” he said. “My wife and I came down to see the bike path work and I stopped and bought a new road bike to celebrate the completion of the project.”
With trail repaving estimated at $80,000 per mile, it will take efforts like McAllister’s and funding from grants and government to repave the remaining 42 miles of trail. In the meantime, enjoy the smo-o-o-th! in our southern section.
Article written by Friends of the Little Miami State Park.