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Quality of Life
Great Miami Riverway Recreational Trail, Extension
Connecting the existing paved recreational trail south of Sidney at Kuther Road to the Eastern Corporation limits of the Village of Lockington. Proposed trail is 10-feet wide, asphalt, approximately 12,300 feet (2.3 mile) long. The majority of the trail will follow along The Miami Erie Feeder Canal southwest of Sidney, Shelby County.
Shelby County Commissioners
County Annex Building, 129 East Court Street, Suite 100 Sidney, Ohio. 45365
129 East Court Street, Suite 100 Sidney, Ohio. 45365
Duane Gaier, City of Sidney Parks Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 937-498-8105
Dan Foley, Great Miami Riverway, Director, email@example.com, 937-223-1271
Shelby County has funded the preliminary engineering and feasibility studies.
Capital Budget Grant of $500,000 awarded 7-1-2022.
TAP application for $3,900,000, Letter Interest sent 10-31-2022 with consult of ODOT.
ODNR Consult, application of Clean Ohio Trails, Land and Water Conservation Fund upon receipt of TAP Funding. Total $1,000,000.
Business and Industry Funding, with Individual Donations. Shelby County. Total $300,000
Construction or Capital
Support from Business and Industry, as indicated by Support Letters that are included in Question #51.
Support from Shelby County, as the County has funded initial design and feasibility by Choice One Engineering, Sidney, Ohio. Included in the design work was the projected location for the 2.3 mile segment from Kuther Road to the Village of Lockington and the 2.6 mile segment form Lockington to the northern terminus of the Great Miami Riverway Recreational Trail at Piqua.
ODOT Transportation Alternatives Program
Clean Ohio Trails Fund
Land & Water Conservation Fund
By completing this 2.3 mile section of the Great Miami Riverway Recreational Trail, leaves only a 2.6 mile gap between Lockington and the Northern terminus of the Great Miami Riverway Recreational Trail at Piqua. Miami County Park District is actively seeking funds to complete the 2.6 mile segment. Completion of the two trail sections will connect Sidney to Hamilton, over 90 mile of paved, safe and continuous trail that inter connects with other east-west trails for a total of 360 miles. The trail provides not only safe cycling and walking, the route is scenic and historical with many amenities along the way.
Economical benefits derived from users of the trail, will support all hospitality providers along the entire Great Miami Riverway. Business and Industry in all of the Southwest Quarter of Ohio will benefit by the available recreation provided by the trail to employees and guests, and fits the "place making" model that potentially can attract new business and expansion of current business.
Completion of the 2.3 mile section of the Great Miami Riverway Recreational Trail in Shelby County from Kuther Road to the Village of Lockington provides paved, safe, scenic and historical trail to be used by all citizens of Southwest Ohio. It provides economic benefits to hospitality providers and is an "place making" incentive to expand current employee base and to attract new businesses to the region.
The City of Sidney, Shelby County received Capital Budget Grant from the State of Ohio for FY 2021, $850,000; known as Canal Feeder Trail Phase Five, to continue paved trail from the City of Sidney to Kuther Road.
A 2014 study by the Miami Regional Planning Commission indicated that the bike trail system generates significant economic activity for our communities along those trails. Of the 772,000 annual cyclists, hikers and pedestrians who used the Miami Valley Trail System, about 15% of those came from other parts of Ohio, and they spent close to $13 million in our communities. This economic impact to the economies and employment of Sidney-Shelby County and those the path connects throughout the Miami Valley is significant. In today's dollars and increased recreational activity the impact is even greater.