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Russells Point receives grant for trail

Village leaders in Russells Point are pleased to announce that the Ohio Public Works Commission - Clean Ohio Fund has awarded a $70,606 grant to the village for the Indian Lake/Great Miami River Open Space and New Trail Extension. The funds are from voter approved state bonds.

This is a project that village officials have been working on since February. Patrick Beam (pictured), Certified Landscape Architect of Bassett Associates of Lima, has led the project along with the continued support of the Duff and Rudolph families. The project has been supported by other organizations and individuals in the community including Duff Quarry, Indian Lake Watershed Project, the Logan County Commissioners, Logan Union Champaign Regional Planning Commission (LUC), Rudolph Foods, and the Russells Point Village Council.

The project has major components which include an easement of a 6.78 acre parcel provided by the Logan County Commissioners, locally known as “the abandoned railroad bed”, located in the southeast region of the village. This will create 3,195 linear feet of additional trail to the Indian Lake/Great Miami River Open Space Project and additional access for community residents.  Construction is expected to begin this summer.

In addition to the grant and the donation of the easement, the village has been soliciting monetary and material donations from local organizations, businesses, and individuals. Signage and permanent recognition of donations will be incorporated into the design of the trail.  Sponsored benches will be placed for resting and observation.

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