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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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