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Ohio Canal Greenway connector to open

HEBRON – The Licking Park District’s latest trail improvement has been completed. The project connects Canal Park in Hebron to the existing Ohio Canal Greenway. The connector will be officially opened at noon on Friday, August 19, in Hebron’s Canal Park.

“This is important, as there was no obvious connection to the 4-mile trail that extends along the old canal towpath, under I-70, over the covered bridge at the state fish hatchery, and ending at State Route 79, west of Buckeye Lake. The Ohio Canal Greenway connector, at Canal Park in Hebron, makes a safe connection to the park, and opens up a walking/ hiking trail to the community and other park users,” said Licking Park District Director Bob Williams.

Funding from the Park District’s general fund was released in early June and the project was completed July 27. The project was supported by Village of Hebron council members.

“Licking Park District has helped us out in a good way with this historic area, and we hope to continue that relationship,” said Hebron Village Administrator Ralph Wise. ADR and Associates in Newark designed the project while Gosnell Services, LLC of Hebron handled the construction.

The Ohio Canal Greenway is a multi-use rail-trail of cinder, grass, and gravel located on the old canal towpath. The trail is an excellent place for bird-watching, fishing, horse trail riding, and hiking. An interesting feature is the wooden truss, covered bridge built in 1992. Parking for visitors is available at Canal Park in Hebron. Horse riders can park their trailers at the Hebron State Fish Hatchery taking care to leave the lot clean upon departure.

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