You are cordially invited to a gathering in Canfield at the MetroParks Farm (7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road) on Thursday, October 13th, from 6-8 PM.
This informal gathering will bring together folks from along the Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway to talk about the impact rail trails can have on community and economic development, and how communities along the trails can maximize that impact by making their communities as welcoming and hospitable as possible.
The Ohio River Greenway Trail will connect to the great Ohio Lake to River Greenway in Ohio and is part of the emerging Industrial Heartland Trails (“I Heart Trails”) system, which extends through four states and 48 counties, and includes an envisioned 1,400 miles of rail trails. The long term community and economic development impact of the Industrial Heartland Trail system could be significant. Let’s make sure we make the most of it in our region!
We hope you can attend the October 13th gathering! A flyer on the event is attached, as is a link to a blog about the gathering. The blog (http://ihearttrails.org/2016/08/29/i-heart-trails-community-chats-this-fall/) includes full details on what to expect and how to RSVP.
We’d like to offer a special thanks to Trailside Bicycle Company, which is making 12 rental bikes available at no charge for those who wish to bike around town during the biking and walking assessment portion of the workshop.
Those who want to reserve a bike should email Amy Camp at [masked]. We ask that you forward this and the Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/185510191878278/) to others in your network! Help us spread the word to assure that we bring together a large and diverse group on October 13th! We’ll see you in Canfield!
Thank you on behalf of the Ohio River Trail Council, Mill Creek MetroParks, and the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition
PS – We plan to be outside for about an hour. Please dress for the weather. Participants can either bike from our meeting location at MetroParks Farm into the community or join us on the MetroParks Trolley for a ride into town. The purpose of going into town is to assess how well the trail connects to the community and to identify improvement opportunities.