Created on Monday, 26 November 2012 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Officials of the village of Russells Point host a gathering to celebrate the kick off of the Indian Lake/Great Miami River Open Space Project at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the municipal building, 433 State Route 708, with light refreshments provided.
The village was awarded a $500,000 Ohio Public Works Commission Clean Ohio Fund grant to support the Indian Lake/Great Miami River Open Space Project, a 1.2-mile trail through wetlands and prairies between the Great Miami River at the village’s eastern edge and Lincoln Boulevard.
The use of the 52.3-acre property, which includes eight acres of emergent wetland and 20 acres of prairie, was granted to the village in perpetuity by Rudolph Foods.
Officials anticipate the area being used not only for trail access, but for educational interpretations and study, and observation of the enhanced riparian environment.
Nearly one mile of the Great Miami River will be contained within the dedicated open space, protecting the stream side vegetation and stabilizing native plant communities to be protected and expanded. The project also will preserve headwater streams, preserve or restore floodplain and streamside forest functions.
Parking will be available at the municipal building where existing walks connect through neighborhood paths to the project.
In addition to the grant, volunteers are soliciting monetary, material and in-kind donations from local organizations, businesses and individuals. Signage and permanent recognitions will be incorporated into the trail design, with sponsored benches for seating and observation.