|Second Annual Meeting|
Sunday, January 25, 2009 Categories: Outdoors
CORWIN, OHIO, Jan. 25, 2009: Friends of the Little Miami State Park (www.FLMSP.com) held its second meeting tonight in the Caesar Creek State Park Day Lodge. More than 40 people braved snow-slicked roads and temps in the teens to attend. Simeon Copple, FLMSP co-founder and president, said the organization had raised about $1,500 and built a contact database of more than 220 since its first meeting in November.
Copple, who owns the Corwin Peddler restaurant with his wife Ann, started the effort to build support for the narrow, 60-mile long Little Miami State Park and its recreational recreational trail. Several bicyclists have been injured because of deteriorating trail-way conditions, some seriously. The trail follows an old railroad bed, and some old bridges pose expensive maintenance problems. Facing looming budget deficits, Ohio is short of money for its parks — and nearly everything else.
The movement is organizing rapidly, according to Copple. The group has incorporated, formed a board of directors and applied for 501(c)(3) tax status. It is developing priorities for projects to fund, topped by bridge repairs, and is working on an Adopt-a-Trail program.
The trail in the Little Miami State Park is an integral part of a major recreational trail network in southwestern Ohio.
- Adaptated from the Timothy R Gaffney's blog
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