As for the remaining 4.7 miles, “I believe it should be a multi-jurisdictional project because it benefits residents all through the area,” Spinney said.
“If those two gaps were filled, that would take you all the way to Piqua, Ohio,” said Wade Johnston, director of Tri-State Trails, based in Cincinnati, which asked the various local officials to meet and discuss funding possibilities. Meanwhile, Fairfield is seeking grant money to extend the trail further downriver to Marsh Park. Ultimately, proponents hope it will extend farther, into Hamilton County.
“I think that it would mean a lot more potential — we already have fantastic potential here — for attracting visitors near and far, but with an unbroken trail that’s so diverse and interesting as the Great Miami River recreation trail already is, it would just be that much more exciting for people,” said Angela Manuszak, special projects coordinator for the Miami Conservancy District, which is advocating for the Great Miami Riverway tourist attraction.