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Ohio’s Hueston Woods State Park Unveils New and Improved Facilities



Recently completed projects include a newly renovated marina, expanded mountain biking trails and a new disc golf course

COLLEGE CORNER, OH – State officials and local volunteer groups celebrated a variety of improvements at Hueston Woods State Park with ribbon cutting and dedication ceremonies on Wednesday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

ODNR Director Sean Logan, ODNR Division of Watercraft Chief Pam Dillon, Ohio State Parks Acting Chief John Hunter and Hueston Woods Park Manager Lonnie Snow cut the ribbon on long anticipated improvements to the Hueston Woods marina, which were completed this spring at a total cost of $1.4 million.

The marina project includes the renovation of 92 existing docks, and the addition of 184 new docks with new piling. Improved walkways and upgraded electrical service are also part of the renovations, along with a new fire suppression system, security gates and a convenient new fuel dock. A new shelter house and a new accessible restroom have also been added for the comfort and convenience of boaters and other park visitors.

Nearly 100 students from Troy High School in Troy, Ohio, who are camping at the park this week as part of their summer physical education and community service program, attended the dedication ceremonies. In his remarks, ODNR Director Sean Logan praised the students for their service to the park, and urged them to consider careers in conservation.

Following the ribbon cutting, West College Corner Fire Chief Dave McDill and his crew demonstrated the fire suppression system, to the delight of onlookers attending the ceremony.

A second ribbon cutting at the mountain biking trail head included recognition of volunteers who assisted with the creation of a new 1.3 mile multiple use trail, as well as improvements to the park’s 12-mile network of mountain biking trails. The new multiple use trail provides access from the park’s rustic camping area to additional trails. Groups recognized include the Trail Crew, a coalition of local mountain biking enthusiasts, and “Biker Bob” Feldman, the proprietor of a bike rental shop near the trail head.

Finally, the park’s new 36-hole disc golf course was dedicated. Hank Rodrick, owner and operator of Sweet Tees Disc Golf of Fairfield, was recognized for his assistance with the course design and construction. Tom Arvan, general manager of the Hueston Woods Lodge and Conference Center, was also recognized as an important partner in developing and building the course, which is located near the lodge. The Troy High School physical education students also assisted with the project.

Visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Web site at www.ohiodnr.com for more information.


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