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Parks & Recreation Section
As Ohio settles into summer, four of its state parks are offering ways to combine nature and story with the recent unveiling of four new Storybook Trails. One of those trails is right at home for Yellow Springs residents, having opened at John Bryan State Park a few weeks ago.
Financial support of those parks and trails is on the ballot this Nov. 5. With Issue 9, the Greene County parks district seeks a renewal of a five-year, 0.9 mill property tax levy to support its stewardship of local green space — and the recreational and educational opportunities that go along with those preserved pieces of the great outdoors.
The Women’s Park, located on Corry Street along the bike path, will add a new pod made of tiles honoring women.
Beatty Hughes Park will not soon be the site of a municipal parking lot. A proposal to turn over the downtown park to parking was tabled at Council’s May 20 meeting after public opposition.
A winter hike in the Little Miami River Gorge will be held Saturday, Feb. 17. A former annual tradition, this hike is being revived for the second year in a row and is co-sponsored by ODNR’s John Bryan State Park and Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve.
New Year’s Day is rife with rituals and traditions.
Nearly $133,000 from the Transportation Administration Funds administered through the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission will be invested into the maintenance of Greene County’s paved trails managed by Greene County Parks & Trails (GCP&T) with a crack filling and seal coating project scheduled for September.
Next month, the Little Miami Scenic Trail opening from Xenia to Yellow Springs will celebrate its 25th birthday.
Registration is now open for swim lessons at the Gaunt Park Pool. Swim lessons will be held Monday–Thursday, Aug. 1–11.
“Opening Day for Trails” drew crowds of cyclists and walkers last Saturday, April 16.