Loveland, Ohio – The City was notified in November that its NatureWorks Grant application was approved by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The grant amount of $18,294 will
include a local match of $6,098 to complete repairs to the Nisbet Park restrooms. Repairs include roofing, exterior doors, interior/exterior painting, skylights, and lighting. Also included in the project, is a new ADA compliant drinking fountain with bottle filler.
Nisbet Park is the heart of what local folks have always called the “Loveland Bike Trail”, and where the Little Miami Scenic Trail was first paved in 1989. Construction of the first paved miles of the Little Miami Scenic Trail began in Loveland and headed north into Warren County to Morrow. For decades the park and its related parking were the most accommodating spot on, and perhaps still the most popular place to access the trail. The trail runs parral to the Little Miami River along much of its length, a State and National Scenic and Wild River.
Dedicated on December 20, 1991, the Little Miami Scenic Trail runs from Spring Valley in Greene County to the limits of Terrace Park. The Little Miami Scenic Trail is the third-longest paved trail in the United States, running 78.1 miles (125.7 km) through five southwestern counties. Most of the trail runs along the banks of the Little Miami River, in a dedicated, car-free corridor known as Little Miami State Park. The Little Miami Scenic Trail is signposted as State Bike Route 1 south of Xenia and State Bike Route 3 throughout. It is the backbone of a nearly continuous network of paved multi-use trails, centered on the Miami Valley area, that stretches 330 miles (530 km) and connects the Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus metropolitan areas. The Little Miami trail is an incrementally growing section of the Buckeye Trail and North Country National Scenic Trail, while the trail south of Xenia also forms the southern leg of the Ohio to Erie Trail. Together with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the local governments of Xenia and Yellow Springs purchased land along the abandoned railroad from 1973 to 1983. In 1979, the land became an Ohio State Park. The Loveland Bike Trail was added to the state park in 1984*
*From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia