At Monday’s meeting, the park commissioners approved a memorandum of support for the Miami to Miami Trail and coalition as well as approving financial support of $7,500 if the coalition shows support from other organizations.
“A priority of the board is connectivity between communities through trails and the economic development of this connectivity,” Barkley said.
The proposed bike/recreation trail would link the approximately 86.2-mile Great Miami River Recreation Trail with the 73-mile Little Miami Scenic Trail.
In a related matter, the park commissioners also approved support for the federal designation, similar to how U.S. and interstate highways are designated, for U.S. Bike Route 25.
For the past several months, the Ohio Department of Transportation has requested support from local governments and agencies to support the federal route designation for a north/south bicycle corridor that would link Louisville, Ky. through to Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo to Detroit, Mich.
The proposed designated route would would use the Great Miami River trail that goes through Butler County. It would be one of four future U.S. Bike Routes in Ohio and would link states and metropolitan areas. One of those trails would be the Little Miami River Scenic Bike Trail that goes through Warren County would become U.S. Bike Route 21, which would link Louisville and link with Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland.
In other business, the board of park commissioners also selected its 2017 officers — Cynamon T. Trokhan will serve as president; Gregory T. Amend will serve as vice president of the three-member board that also includes Edward L. Dwyer.