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Quality of Life
Great Miami River Recreation Connectivity Project
The Great Miami River (GMR) Recreation Connectivity Project consists of multiple quality of life improvements including: removing the low head dam; restoring an oxbow for wildlife that was removed when the low head dam was installed; installing new multi-use recreational trail networks; and river access area for recreational paddlers that will connect the river and the Great Miami River Recreational Trail to Downtown Troy and Herrlinger Park located in Troy, Ohio.
Organization Details
City of Troy, Ohio
100 South Market Street
Troy, Ohio. 45373
Miami
SAME
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Government
Organization Contact Details
Nikki Reese
Community Development Manager
Troy Development Department
937-339-9601
102 South Market Street
Troy, Ohio. 45373
Miami
Patrick Titterington - Troy City Manager - 937-335-1725 - patrick.titterington@troyohio.gov

Tim Davis - Troy Development Director - 937-339-9601 - tim.davis@troyohio.gov
Location Details
Troy, Ohio
Miami County
Ohio 8th
Financial Details
4000000
8655735
See Question 36 response. There has been funds secured for part of this project but not enough to equal the total cost of the project which is being asked to be answered for this question.

Construction or Capital
Yes
Ohio EPA Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program (WRRSP) - Middle Great Miami River (GMR) Restoration Project - $4,000,000 - Applicant US Fish & Wildlife. These funds are secured pending the environmental covenants are executed with the Miami Conservancy District. This project also includes the removal / modification of the two low head dams in Piqua, Ohio. The total project cost is $7.2mill. Of the $7.2mill, $6.2mill is the project cost for Troy's portion of the Middle GMR Restoration project. The Middle GMR Restoration Project does not include funding for the River Park Plaza ($1.08mill) and Crawford Street Pedestrian Pathway ($1.3mill). There still is a large gap of funding that needs to be secured for the GMR Recreation Connectivity Project. The City of Troy has identified other funding sources but has not applied for these grant funds yet because the removal of the low head dam dictates the timeline of completing the southside multi-use trail, River Park Plaza and Crawford St. Pedestrian Pathway. We do not want to secure these funds too soon and not meet the grant completion deadlines. The removal of the low head dam is anticipated to start in 2023 and be completed in 2024. If $7.2 mill cannot be secured for the Middle GMR Restoration Project then the US Fish and Wildlife will look at removing activities from this original project and at a minimum remove the Troy Oxbow Reconnection from the scope of work.
Yes
Within the next 6-12 months
The City of Troy plans to apply for the following funding: ODNR Paddling Enhancement Grant - $75K for the canoe/kayak launch at the proposed River Park Plaza; ODNR Recreational Trails Program - $150K for the southside multi-use trail; Ohio H2Ohio - $500k for the Troy Oxbow Reconnection; and ODOD-CDBG Neighborhood Revitalization Program Grant - $500K for the Crawford Street Pedestrian Pathway. Securing these funds are dictated on the timing of the removal of the low head dam. We do not want to secure these funds too soon and not meet the grant completion deadlines.
Community Details
In 2014, the City invested over 10 million dollars to improve public access at Treasure Island Marina and Park located at the northern entrance of the City of Troy that lead to greater usage of the Great Miami River (GMR) corridor, and inspiring programs like Float Troy and the Summer Concert Series held at the newly built amphitheater. Treasure Island Marina is known as the “Key to the Corridor” and the renovations to this historic facility was the first step that the City took to create a renewed interest in the environment and open the doors of educational and economic opportunity. It is also the location of the only boat and bike hub for the City. The improvements that are part of the Great Miami River Recreation Connectivity Project will be made along the southside of the GMR and the southeast entrance of City and provide a complete recreation linkage along the Great Miami River Corridor and downtown Troy for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.
In 2015, representatives from the US Fish and Wildlife initiated discussions with the City of Troy on removing the low head dam in Troy, Ohio. The removal efforts will have obvious ramifications to human safety, and will set the stage for greater recreational usage and indirect economic benefits for the City. In 2019-2020, several public forums were held allowing the public to voice their concerns about this removal. Overall, the community in general seems to agree that because of current safety concerns and long-term maintenance requirements, removal and/or modification (rock riffle) is likely the best option for the community. Additionally, community members were excited for the potential improvements to the local trail network and waterfront accessibility that could be undertaken following the removal of the dam. Participants of these public forums recognized the importance of the river and the economic benefits associated with a visually improved waterfront.
In 2017, Activate Troy Partnership (ATP), spear-headed the completion of the Troy Downtown Riverfront Strategic Development Study. ATP is a group of private organizations, funders, the City of Troy, and interested stakeholders. This study was commissioned to help maintain and enhance the special character of Troy’s downtown and riverfront corridor, protect its sense of place, encourage investments, and create a dynamic commercial and residential district that instills pride in all citizens. As a result of this study one of the objectives identified was to “strengthen connections to an active river and trail network”. Downtown Troy sits along one of the nation’s most robust bicycle trail networks in the Great Miami Recreational Trail, yet it has very few direct connections from its downtown. Letting this world-class trail system bypass Downtown Troy without linking to an interconnected downtown trail system misses an enormous opportunity to capture the trail tourism and connects residents, commuters, and enthusiasts to an active and healthy way to get around town or the region.
The fruition of the Great Miami River (GMR) Recreation Connectivity Project will be a “game changer” for the City of Troy, Miami County, and all visitors to the area.
The City of Troy has not received Congressionally earmarked funding in the past.
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Additional Details
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Nikki Reese
937-339-9601
nikki.reese@troyohio.gov
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