July 22, 2015
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In This Issue
Events at a Glance
  • Friday, July 31: Madison County FMCPT BLUE MOON! Ride LINK 
  • Sat August 1: Public Safety Festival/Hilltop Beach Party*
  • Wednesday August 5: Wheatland Farm Launch Event*  
  • Saturday, August 8:  Madison County FMCPT Rib Tickler Ride LINK 
  • Date TBD:  Dedication/Ribbon Cutting on the newest segment of Camp Chase Trail
*Volunteer Opportunities Available
Camp Chase Trail - Current PROGRESS

7/21/15:  The trail is now paved to Hall Road but not open yet between Galloway Road and Hall Road, which included the Norton Road crossing.   The bridge over I-270 was placed early on Monday April 27 but is not open to use yet.    We will let you know when both these trail segments are open for use and we hope to have a dedication ceremony.    


Repair Note:  The heavy rains washed out the drainage system and pavement just west of Alton Road,  contractors are repairing it in hopes of a July 24 completion.  Until the trail is fully repaired, trail users can bypass the construction by using the grassy area to the South of the trail closure. 

Additional Construction:  Work has begun west of N. Hague Ave. in the Hilltop/Valleyview area.  A retaining wall is being installed currently. 

To access the open parts of the Trail, the best place to access the trail and park a motor vehicle is at the Trailhead in Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park 8465 Alkire Road, GIS: 39.893428, -83.215835 Google Maps Link

Photos of the Camp Chase Trail Construction are on the Facebook page along with the new highway bridge.   Camp Chase Trail Map (2 page pdf) showing the section open to Galloway:  MAP LINK  and visit TrailLink.com for the online map of Camp Chase Trail. 


Meetings and Events
Saturday August 1 for Hilltop Beach Party, 2:00-6:00 pm  

Name: Public Safety Festival/Hilltop Beach Party

Date: August 1, 2015

Time: 2:00 -- 6:00 PM

Location: Hoge Memorial Church 2930 West Broad Street

Please let Jay know if you have any questions and please plan to volunteer for at least part of the day. Volunteers to not need to be present at the time of the drawings to win.

Volunteers should contact: Jay McCallister of Great Western Blockwatch and Civic Association at 614- 351-1278

Wednesday August 5th:
Wheatland Farm Launch Event:

9:30am program/speakers; 10 -12pm volunteer activities; 12 -1pm lunch

All are welcome!

Made possible by Scotts Miracle Gro


Located in the Hilltop (near North Wheatland Avenue and West Broad Street) on the grounds of the former Columbus State Hospital, the Wheatland Farm is currently being built. By converting over five acres of vacant land into a flourishing urban farm, the Wheatland Farm will provide access to fresh produce to low-income residents and provide community engagement opportunities.

For more information or to become involved with Urban Farms of Central Ohio, please contact Sarah Lenkay  at  MidOhioFood Bank

Camp Chase Trail is at  www.campchasetrail.co 
on twitter and instagram @CampChaseTrail
The Ohio to Erie Trail is now on Twitter!   @OhiotoErieTrail
https://twitter.com/ohiotoerietrail  Tag with  #OhiotoErie  

Camp Chase Trail in the Columbus Dispatch, 7/4/15

via Ohio to Erie Trail Website

Greenway Trails Text Alerts:

Columbus and Franklin County Metroparks have launched a service to notify trail users of trail detours and construction.  
For trail closing, hazards, and construction info, Visit this website and select "Greenways"  

The parts of the Ohio to Erie trail in this system are Camp Chase Trail, Olentangy Trail, Downtown Connector Trail (East) and the Alum Creek Trail.



We want to hear from you!

The Camp Chase Trail Friends received a grant to do a Trail Action Plan and we are asking people to share their trail needs/suggestions on mindmixer.  

Camp Chase Trail on MySidewalk (formerly Mind Mixer):   


Public Art near the trail:

New Art Installation dedicated in conjunction with Summer Jam at Westgate Park:  Named "On the Wings of Change".  Photos of the new Monarch Art installation are on the Summer Jam Website under Public Art and on the Facebook Page Albums.  

(Columbus Westgate Park is a short distance from the future Camp Chase Trail: Go South on Derrer, East on Olive and South on Demorest which runs along the western border of the Park).

On the Wings of Change


Prairie Township Community Center is now Open.  

Day Pass available for Non Residents is $10 (use the fitness center, pools and shower facilities).  Photos on our facebook page.

This beautiful new facility is now open at 5955 West Broad St just west of Galloway Road. http://www.prairietownship.org/198/Hours-of-Operation

Posted by Friends of the Camp Chase Trail on  Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Ohio to Erie Trail

Update from the Ohio to Erie Trail President:

From OTET President - we have some exciting projects in the works to help everyone who plans to do an adventure on the Ohio to Erie Trail. Several new way-finding signs have been installed. We already offer the OTET biking jersey and it is great looking. We have the set of four maps that cover the 300+ miles that can be ordered and a new pamphlet and a new OTET logo sticker will soon be available for people to remember their time on the Trail. A new web site is being developed that will be smart device compatible and very user friendly. It is to go live in September!

Always remember to check the website for Trail updates even when you purchase the maps! - Tom Moffitt

Akron Area:  Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath News: 


Ohio to Erie Trail - West Columbus Road Route: While the Camp Chase Trail is still being constructed, the Ohio to Erie Trail strives to provide a road route for people to connect from the current trail end in Galloway to the Scioto Greenway Trail Connector Bridge.  The 2012 printed map instructs people to use Broad Street, but as you may know, until October of 2016, West Broad Street will remain under major construction West of I-270. These conditions make an already challenging connection nearly impossible.  The leadership at the Ohio to Erie Trail is providing the following alternative route (Going from SW to NE approximately 9 miles):

Start: Camp Chase Trail end at Galloway Road

  • proceed North on Galloway Road

  • East on Hall Road [heavy traffic]

  • North on Norton Road

  • East on Sullivant Ave.

  • North on Georgesville Road [heavy traffic]

  • East on Sullivant Ave

  • North on Demorest Road where it joins the Westgate Bicycle Blvd  [Follows signs and sharrows]

  • Travel from S. Westgate to N. Westgate by crossing Broad St with a half block jog.

  • Continue on N. Westgate Ave where the Westgate Bicycle Blvd ends and becomes the Steele Ave Bicycle Blvd.  

  • Proceed East on the Steele Ave Bicycle Blvd

  • North on Eureka Ave

  • East on Valleyview (which becomes Highland then Harper)

  • Finish:  McKinley Ave (Start to Finish is It is 9.17 miles)

Cross McKinley Ave and enter the Scioto Greenway trail via the Hilltop Connector Bridge, at the end of the connector bridge go LEFT at the fork to follow the Scioto Greenway Trail toward downtown where you connect to the Northbound Olentangy Trail at the Confluence (The Boathouse).  




Photo Credit: Matt Goodman
Photo Credit: PJ Haydocy

This trail bridge over I-270 was installed by the Metro Parks Contractors the morning of April 27. It will open for use later in 2015. Posted by Friends of the Camp Chase Trail on Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Our group has not established itself as a 501(c)(3) yet, so we direct you to these charitable organizations supporting our initiatives. Please consider supporting one or more.
Rails to Trails Conservancy 



Friends of the Hilltop  

(under "Other" write "Camp Chase Trail Support")

Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails  

Ohio to Erie Trail  


The work of each of these groups has a positive impact on the Camp Chase Trail. 

Steering Committee

Friends of Camp Chase Trail (Steering Committee)

  • Dana Foreman - Franklinton Cycleworks

  • Chris Haydocy - Haydocy Automotive Group

  • Kathy Hoke - West Side Community Leader

  • Vince Nobel - Westgate Resident, Photographer, Teacher

  • Jodie Smith - Recreational Rider

  • Jody Dzuranin - Ohio to Erie Trail Website Editor


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Thank you for being a friend of the Camp Chase Trail.  See you on the Trail! 


- Friends of Camp Chase Trail Communications   



Camp Chase Trail Maps
If you have trailside lodging or bicycles to make available to visitors, register your availability on Warmshowers (lodging) and Spinlister (bicycles to rent). 

https://www.warmshowers.org/   https://www.spinlister.com/

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