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Recreational Trails Coming to Paulding County

26 Jun 2024 6:46 AM | Anonymous

PAULDING, OH. - $730,000 has been awarded for the construction of recreational trails and safe pathway development in the Paulding County, Ohio community.

The Paulding County Trails Committee, in partnership with the Paulding County Commissioners, is thrilled to announce a significant development in community enhancement: the allocation of $730,000 for recreational trail development. This transformative project aims to redefine mobility, recreation, wellness, and accessibility for residents across Paulding County. “These funds provide funding for projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities. I’m excited that Paulding County, who has never received these funds before, will be able to benefit from this program,” says Kylie Schnipke, District 1 LPA Coordinator, ODOT.

In planning, the committee focused on more than just trails; they wanted to make sure that everyone feels welcome and can safely enjoy recreation, nature, and essential services. The Paulding Trail Project will help with important county needs like safety, health, and economic growth. By building inclusive pathways, they're making sure everyone can reach activity centers and essential services easily, while also encouraging walking and biking.

Phase 1 of the Paulding Trail Project will connect the Black Swamp Nature Center to Lela McGuire-Jeffery Park on the west side of the Village of Paulding. This visionary initiative is more than concrete and asphalt, it is a path to a safer, healthier, and more vibrant way of life.

The benefits extend far beyond physical health. According to Anna Gurney, Education Specialist at Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District, "An enormous amount of research supports the fact that trails are associated with increased physical activity and improved physical and mental health and well-being."

Investing in nature trails has a ripple effect, making the whole community better. A report by the National Association of Homebuilders found that having a trail nearby is the second-most cited community amenity by prospective home buyers. Additionally, numerous studies have shown that having trails nearby increases property values.

“Recreation is vital for communities, bringing fun, money, and energy. This trail project will benefit our local businesses and give our community a safe place to enjoy nature," says Erica Noggle, Executive Director of the Paulding Area Chamber of Commerce.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2027, marking the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Paulding County. To learn more about the project, additional proposed phases, or how you can support the project, please visit: 

P.O. Box 237, Paulding, OH 45879

Paulding Area Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 

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