THANK YOU TO OUR OUTSTANDING PARTICIPANTS IN THE ORRVILLE JULY 4th PARADE!
JULY 2017 NEWSLETTER
Artist Kristin Lorson explains the details of her original painting to RTWC members Bob and Jenny Brooker.
Orrville artist Kristin Lorson recently unveiled the mural which will soon be on permanent display at the Heartland Trail trail head.
The mural depicts the connection of the Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC) to Rails-to-Trails.
The train on the left side of the mural moves into the asphalt trail with the words of HPAC advisor Dr. Terry Kline, "Get smart and strengthen your heart." This was used in the HPAC application for a State Farm grant which was used to purchase bike racks, benches, a bicycle repair station, trees, and a greenhouse for the Orrville community. The mural also shows the ribbon cutting ceremony at the trail head.
The mural is currently on display inside Heartland Point, which is on the corner of Main Street and E. Water Street in Orrville, until the end of July. We are very grateful to the HPAC and to Kristin for this fine addition to the Heartland Trail project.
SECTIONS OF THE
NOW OPEN FOR WALKERS
One short paving project and many long hours of mowing have made several sections of the Heartland Trail very walkable.
This spring RTWC Board Member Keith Workman has been mowing the future tail and trimming weeds along the edges. These newly walkable sections are near Orrville and near Marshallville. One-third mile of trail just north of Market Street in Marshallville has been paved with asphalt back to their new solar field.
With all of this work being completed, the Rails-to-Trails Board decided to change some of the "No Trespassing" signs to new signs which read "No Unauthorized Vehicles Beyond This Point." We want to encourage people to go walk on the these sections to see how
Volunteer Jim Jewell posting one of the new signs.
beautiful they are. We suggest wearing sturdy walking shoes as the surface is not smooth. You are free to walk in any areas where you see the red signs shown in the picture at right.
Signs were placed in the sections on both sides of Forrer Road continuing to Back Massillon Road. They were also placed in the sections beginning at Marshallville and going northeast to Black Diamond Road.
There are places for a few cars to park on the trail adjacent to the road at the following locations: Forrer Road, Market Street (Fulton Road), Coal Bank Road west side, and Black Diamond Road.
Choose the perfect day to go for a walk and see how beautiful the Heartland Trail is going to be!
On a hot and humid June 16 in Apple Creek, Ted Short, Norm Ream and Keith Workman posted the official Ohio to Erie Trail signs.
Our campaign to raise matching funds for the Heartland Trail continues. The matching funds will be used to build 2.4 miles of Trail from Forrer Road, Orrville, to Market Street, Marshallville.
We can't wait to showcase this unique trail! It will be totally accessible with asphalt surface and provisions for equestrians to use the trail beside the pavement. In certain sections, the other half of the Trail right-of-way will be shared with a farm lane.
RTWC has applied for a Clean Ohio Trail Funds (COTF) Grant of $500,000. Our required local match is $755,775. Although we will not know for several months whether our grant has been selected for funding in this round, we do need to be prepared to show we have funds for the match.
Years of generous giving from you and other trail supporters has helped tremendously, and we are excited and grateful to be making excellent progress!
We have set aside over $600,000 for our local match.
This means we sill need to raise $155,775 to match the grant!
If you are able to help us by making your first donation or an additional donation, please send checks to:
Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County
P. O. Box 1566
Wooster, OH 44691.