COLUMBIANA COUNTY Park gets award for tourism activities
By D.A. Wilkinson
The Columbiana County Park District has received a regional award for its activities in tourism.
County Commissioner Penny Traina announced the award Wednesday during the commissioner’s meeting.
She had submitted the award application to the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance, a non-profit organization that includes 18 Ohio counties, including Columbiana County, that want to promote economic development.
Traina compared the parks department to the children’s book, “The Little Engine That Could.”
“They did and will continue,” she said.
Dorothea Betz, the chairperson of the park board, has been working to develop the 250-acre-park in Scenic Vista Park east of Lisbon.
Betz and Mike West, park board vice president, were at the commissioner’s meeting to pick up the award.
Jim Hoppel, the president of the commissioners, told them, “Just keep up the good work.”
West said, “It’s a great honor and we’ll continue to work.”
The parks department in Columbiana County district oversees most of the former railroad line that used to run north from the Ohio River to Lake Erie.
Park officials are also searching for $500,000 for engineering and purchasing an abandoned rail line that would be used for walking, and a parking area near the trail in Leetonia.
In 2008, the park received funding from the non-profit Nature Conservancy to help acquire what is now called Hellbender Bluff in Madison Township in Columbiana, that helps protect giant salamanders.
West said the hiking trails in that area are also great.