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CANAL WINCHESTER, OH – The City of Canal Winchester formally opened the Walnut Creek Trail on Tuesday, November 23 with a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a walk along the trail.
The newly completed trail connector is just one of many projects related to the overall McGill Park development. When complete, the trail will connect McGill Park to the historic Bergstresser Covered Bridge. For now, the Walnut Creek Trail is open from the covered bridge towards the park for approximately three-quarters of a mile. The finished portion of the trail features several benches, two bridges, and plenty of nature-scape.
“We are excited to offer another opportunity for our residents to connect with nature,” said Mayor Mike Ebert. “When McGill Park opens, residents will be able to walk, run, or bike from the high school to the park using the Walnut Creek Trail. We expect it will get a lot of use.”
Phase I construction of McGill Park continues, with tree plantings, pavement work, and playground equipment being installed. A ribbon cutting ceremony is expected for the park in spring of next year.
The public is invited to begin enjoying the new portion of the Walnut Creek Trail. As with all trails within the city, the path is only open to foot and bike traffic. Motorized vehicles, including ATVs, mopeds, and golf carts, are prohibited. The trail is open daily from dawn to dusk. All visitors are asked to be respectful of the continuing McGill Park construction and avoid entering restricted areas.
For more information on McGill Park, visit www.cwmcgillpark.com.
Mayor Ebert stands with the group for the ceremonial ribbon cutting.
Left to right: Matt Peoples, City of Canal Winchester; Lucas Haire, City of Canal Winchester; Mark Bockrath, OHM Advisors; Mayor Mike Ebert, City of Canal Winchester; Bob Clark, Canal Winchester City Council; Patrick Shea, newly elected member of Canal Winchester City Council; Anne Herron, OHM Advisors; Bill Sims, City of Canal Winchester. (not pictured: Colin Bendickson, Facemeyer Company)
The group crosses one of the two bridges along the trail.
Bill Sims, Construction Services Administrator for the City of Canal Winchester, points out some of the special features along the trail.
The group enjoys a brisk but sunny walk along the newly opened Walnut Creek Trail.