The park district has no paid employees to maintain the Greenway trail.
CHAMPION -- Bring the family on a benefit tour Aug. 14 for the Trumbull County MetroParks' Western Reserve Greenway.
Registration will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. at Kent State University Trumbull Campus.
From the campus it's a short ride up Research Parkway to enter the Greenway trail. Up to 40 miles on an out-and-back flat paved trail are available for bicycle riders.
The single rider fee is $15 by Aug. 1, or $20 to enter and get a T-shirt. After Aug. 1, the fee is $20 and $25 to enter. Checks should be payable to World of Wildlife/FWRG (Friends of the Western Reserve Greenway).
The trail passes through large sections of wetlands, home to much wildlife and many species of rare and endangered plant life. It's part of the Great Ohio Lake to River Greenway.
Riders also will pass through the Mosquito Lake Wildlife Area, where an observation deck has been erected by the Ohio Division of Natural Resources. Someone should be there for most of the day to answer questions about the local flora and fauna.
Several members of Greenway's bike patrol will be patrolling the path; participants also may stop them with any questions or concerns. Snacks will be provided along the way.
There will be a raffle with prizes to be drawn the day of the event at noon in the registration area.
For more information and directions, visit http://www.ndcis.com/-wow/
Now that Phase 2 of Trumbull County's Greenway is complete, a new trail guide is available at the MetroParks' Web site at http://metroparks.co.trumbull.oh.us/WebTrailGuide2005.pdf
The guide has an up-to-date map and a list of the rules and regulations. Due to the county's funding cuts, printed versions are not yet available, but a state grant application has been submitted to pay for printing costs.
The Web version and other design costs were funded by a small grant from the Ohio Department of Health.
With no paid employees to maintain the Greenway, the MetroParks has several bike patrol members and other volunteers who have agreed to maintain the trail. Some mow and trim along the paved trail and at the trailheads. Some bring their brooms to sweep away gravel at the highway intersections. Several people police the trail for litter.
The second Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. to noon, is set aside for trail maintenance work sessions. Those interested can bring tools and gloves and meet at the Sunside Trailhead off state Route 305. E-mail Dave Ambrose at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (330) 372-4873.
A Boy Scout from Troop 54, Justin Sprague, sponsored by Bazetta Optimists, recently completed five benches along the Champion section of the trail. The project was part of Sprague's effort to achieve Eagle Scout status.
He and a team of helpers designed, built and installed the benches at locations determined by the MetroParks board.
Financial and material support for the bench project were provided by Trumbull Cement, Lowe's, Tractor Supply and the Cortland Lions Club.