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FundingTrail Funding: The Inside Story
by Steve Murphy with data furnished by ODNR

Did you ever wonder where improvements to the trail come from? While you have no doubt seen volunteers from Friends of the Little Miami State Park (FLMSP) on the trail clearing and cutting, where does the funding come from to maintain the infrastructure, e.g. culverts, bridges, riverbanks, and paving? Well, here's the inside story.

On June 11, 2014 in Loveland, Jim Zehringer, Director of ODNR, announced an $88.5 million capital appropriation for the 74 Ohio state parks-an average of a little less than $1.2 million per park. However, the Little Miami State Park received $3.5 million.

Since June 2014 the following has occurred:

1. ODNR engaged the consulting services of KZF to develop a Little Miami Trail Improvement Plan. All KZF consulting services are paid out of the 2014 $3.5 million capital appropriation.

2. Shawnee Run culvert collapse. Cost of project $572,500 paid out of the 2014 $3.5 million capital appropriation.

3. Ft Ancient Riverbank Stabilization Phase I. A bridge was constructed from one stable portion of the bank to another. Cost of Phase I of the project $529,575 paid out of the 2014 $3.5 million capital appropriation.

4. In 2015, 1.3 miles of the trail were paved from the Milford trail head north and .3 miles were paved in Camp Dennison. Cost of project $178,000. This project was paid for by a $150,000 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant and $38,000 from FLMSP in matching funds. It should be noted that the availability of the RTP grant was identified by ODNR; FLMSP's role was to raise the $38,000 in matching funds (which FLMSP did in 18 days in October 2013).

5. In 2017, 8.0 miles of the trail were paved from Loveland's O'Bannon Creek south to Camp Dennison. Cost of project $947,980. This project was paid for by a Land and Water Conservation (LWCF) grant of $380,610 and $567,370 from the 2014 $3.5 million capital appropriation. For the record, ODNR's Martin McAllister created and submitted the LWCF grant application; FLMSP's role was to identify the section of the trail to be repaved (i.e. Loveland's O'Bannon creek bridge to Camp Dennison) and prepare the trail for paving.
ODNR Clears Oregonia Culverts

by Tom McCray
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) had their heavy equipment on the trail July 12th to clear some of the clogged culverts and a low bridge in the area around Oregonia. Those of you using the trail in that area are probably aware of the mud, gravel, and debris washing over the trail . . .   Read More

Teen Helps Patch Trail

FLMSP volunteer Don Hahn had valuable help from a younger and stronger neighbor when he patched a missing section of trail under Rte. 48. Jonathan Silberberg, 17, needed community service hours for school and was glad to contribute 5 of the 12 needed before he graduates next year.

The broken trail section was the result of replacing a culvert 2 years ago. Although the section was filled with gravel, it had never been repaired with asphalt. Don and Jonathan dug out the compacted gravel with a mattock and then backfilled the area with cold-patching material supplied by ODNR. This photo was taken about halfway through the work.

Vacation Destination - Hawaii, Cancun, . . . Little Miami Scenic Trail?

Black-eyed Susans bloom near the Grandin Rd. bridge.

by Tom McCray
As I rode into Morrow I saw many riders already filling the shelter.  Normally this is where I take a break and eat a snack.  I contemplated moving on to another location but I saw an unoccupied corner table where I could sit down.  There were five other cyclists there, three on recumbent trikes and the other two on upright bikes outfitted with panniers and a trailer.  There was already a discussion going on with the guys on regular bikes asking the others how they like their recumbent bikes - a common discussion with recumbent riders.  I was curious about the guys all packed up with touring equipment and asked them a few questions. Read More
Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, July 26
 7:00 p.m.
Hamilton Twp. Community Center
Public Invited!
Trail Survey Results
Recently FLMSP published a Trail Survey. We'll cover some of the results here in TrailMail. This month, the focus is on Funding.

Almost half of respondents said the state of Ohio should pay for trail repaving, as the park is owned by the state. However, some respondents felt funding should come from counties or grants, and many (most of the "Other" category) felt a combination of sources was best. See the Funding article in this issue for related information.
Trail Alerts
Saturday, Aug. 13, 6-11 a.m.: Little Miami Half Marathon will be on the trail between Morrow and Kings Mills. Please avoid this section of the trail at this time.

For the latest info on trail closings, events, or work on the trail affecting your visit, your go-to place is the FLMSP website. You'll see the below block on the homepage.
We also post closings on Facebook and Twitter.
Quick Links

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Contact Numbers
Trail Hotline:
Report trees or large limbs down on the trail. A photo with location is most helpful.

Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources
24-Hour Call Center:
Report graffiti, vandalism, or park management issues

Flick a Stick

by Erick Wikum
Cross-country skiers encourage one another to "flick a stick," removing sticks they encounter while skiing with the flick of a ski pole to keep the trail clear and clean.  High winds can litter cross-country skiing trails with sticks and leaves, which are a nuisance at best and a safety hazard at worst.  The same is true for the Little Miami Scenic Trail.  Tree litter ranging from branches to buckeyes can pose a risk for all trail users.  A small amount of effort by each of us can help.   Take a short break from walking, running, roller blading or riding to remove the largest of objects.  Before bending down to pick up a stick, scan the trail for fast approaching cyclists.  Toss sticks well clear of the trail.  Leave heavy lifting to the trail crews.  Report downed trees and other hazards by calling the Trail Hotline at (513) 212-6958 with a description of the problem and its location (milepost number).  Add the hotline to your mobile phone contacts list now.  The next time you are on the Little Miami Scenic Trail, flick a stick or two.  Your fellow trail users will thank you.

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Trail Taste Adventure: The Birch

The Little Miami Scenic Trail Taste Adventure visits and rates dining establishments less than one mile from the trail to help you find a new favorite watering hole. Every Wednesday, a group of us will have lunch at a different establishment and review our experience.

We've visited four so far. Find reviews of all of them at our
Trail Taste Adventure page.

Our featured review this month is The Birch, a brand new restaurant in Terrace Park. Read the review here!

Friends of the Little Miami State Park is a nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation and enhancement of the Little Miami State Park. We assist the Ohio Department of Natural Resources with development planning, capital improvements, and safety concerns, as well as providing most of the maintenance of the park.