Little Miami Scenic Trail extension opening May 21

Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m., Little Miami Golf Center

It’s time to hit the trail. The new 3.15-mile extension of the Little Miami Scenic Trail will be ready for walkers, runners and bicyclists this month. The public is invited to the opening celebration Saturday, May 21, at Little Miami Golf Center.

The event is free and will feature remarks from representatives of organizations and communities involved in the project, as well as a ribbon cutting and a chance to be one of the first to officially enjoy the trail. Afterward, the celebration continues at Fifty West Brewing’s new Prod Works facility for cold beverages, 7605 Wooster Pike.

Construction began in June 2015 on the trail section that stretches from Great Parks Little Miami Golf Center in Newtown, through Anderson Township to the Beechmont Avenue/S.R. 32 ramp interchange, with $1.94 million in federal funding and a $1 million state grant.

The project connects public parks and communities, including Village of Newtown’s Robert W. Short park and Anderson Township Park District’s Clear Creek Park, as well as the communities along the 75-mile trail that begins in Springfield.

“The extension is a huge step forward in connecting communities within and outside the Greater Cincinnati area,” said Jack Sutton, Great Parks executive director. “The trail provides more transportation and recreation opportunities for our community.”

Focus now is on a proposed pedestrian bridge over the Little Miami Scenic River to complete the connection of the Little Miami Scenic Trail to the City of Cincinnati’s Lunken Loop Trail, Otto Armelder Memorial Park and Recreation Complex and the Ohio River Trail, which continues west to Cincinnati. The estimated cost for the bridge is nearly $6 million.

For more information: 521-7275 or greatparks.org/recreation/trails

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