Camping in Madison County, Ohio

2004 News Archives


12-27-04
Madison Messenger article: United Way grants $1000 for new bike trail sentinel program

12-24-04
Madison Press article: Membership drive launched

12-23-04
Monthly newsletter released by Miami Valley Rail Trails

12-20-04
Madison Messenger article: Friends of Parks and Trails launches '05 membership drive

11-23-04
Hello Friends.............. Central Ohio bicyclists have organized a holiday dinner at the Dutch Kitchen in Plain City to recognize Ed Honton for all the work he has done in creating bicycle trails throughout Ohio. (Reservations must be received no later than Saturday, November 27.)

11-22-04
Monthly newsletter released by Miami Valley Rail Trails

11-22-04
The route has been announced for the 17th annual Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure on June 18-25, 2005. Click here for details on the GOBA website.

11-18-04
Updated Calendar of Events posted on the web site, and at the information kiosk at the Senior Center Trailhead.

New map posted on the website, and at the information kiosk at the Senior Center Trailhead: Columbus Recreation and Parks Dept Proposed Pathways

11-17-04
Construction nearing completion on the trailhead shelter. For updated photos of construction progress, along with other activities at the shelter, click here.

11-15-04
Just a reminder that the monthly meeting of the Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails will take place this Wednesday, November 17 at 7:00 pm at the Madison County Senior Center at 280 West High Street in London.

11-13-04
Riders from all across Central Ohio participated in the Columbus Outdoor Pursuits "London Trail Ride" on Saturday, November 13. Click here to view the photo gallery.

11-12-04
Clearing and grubbing has been completed, and grading will begin soon on the Prairie Grass Trail segment from Maple Street to Wilson Road in London. For updated photos of construction progress, click here.

11-02-04
November Calendar of Events posted on the web site, and at the information kiosk at the Senior Center Trailhead.

11-01-04
Madison Messenger article: Results in for land plan survey

10-31-04
A reminder for the Columbus Outdoor Pursuits "London Trail Ride" on Saturday, November 13

10-30-04
Monthly newsletter released by Miami Valley Rail Trails

10-29-04
Columbus Outdoor Pursuits has scheduled a "Battelle-Darby - Plain City Ride" that will pass through London on Saturday, December 11

10-28-04
Construction has begun on the Prairie Grass Trail segment from Maple Street to Wilson Road in London. For updated photos of construction progress, click here.

10-25-04
Madison Messenger article: Full Moon Bicycle Rides

10-22-04
FMCPT is putting our Bobcat up for sale. For more details, click here.

10-20-04
Madison Press article: Community Service Day teaches valuable lessons

10-16-04
Preparations begin at the trailhead shelter for landscaping and planting of a prairie plant display. Click here to view progress.

10-11-04
Madison Messenger article: Full Moon Bicycle Rides

10-04-04
October Calendar of Events posted on the web site, and at the information kiosk at the Senior Center Trailhead.

10-03-04
A very special edition of the London Full Moon Bike Tour is set for Wednesday, October 27.
The Regular London Full Moon Bike Tour will take place on Saturday, October 30.

10-02-04
Once again, the Prairie Grass Trail has put London on the map! Columbus Outdoor Pursuits has scheduled a London Trail Ride on Saturday, November 13.

09-25-04
Local volunteer sweeps the entire Prairie Grass Trail

09-24-04
Monthly newsletter released by Miami Valley Rail Trails

09-22-04
Maps are being developed for display at the London trailhead kiosk, and will be available soon on the website. For more information, click here.

09-21-04
Phase III of the Simon Kenton Trail will be officially opening on October 17, 2004. For more information, click here.

09-21-04
The next London Full Moon Bike Tour is set for this Saturday, September 25.

09-20-04
Madison Press article: London City Council meeting review

09-12-04
FMCPT monthly meeting reminder. Click here for details.

09-12-04
Madison Press Weekly Review article: Century cyclists

09-11-04
New addition to our web site! Check out our Prairie Grass Trail Profile.

09-11-04
More photos have been added to the Trailhead Shelter photo gallery. Click here to see progress on shelter and kiosk construction, along with other activities at the shelter.

09-09-04
Just a reminder that the Fall Farm Tour takes place on Sunday, September 19.

09-06-04
Madison Messenger article: West Jeff cyclist pedals Pacific Coast for American Lung Assn.

09-06-04
Marion Star article: Rail Trails: A gem in Marion's future?

08-31-04
Rules and Regulations have been passed by the Madison County Metropolitan Park District. To view the official posting in the Madison Press, click here.

08-26-04
More finishing touches completed on the Prairie Grass Trail. Click here to view the photo gallery updates and captions.

08-23-04
Madison Press article: Riding to save lives

08-23-04
Madison Messenger article: Moonlit bike ride set for August 27

08-21-04
More photos have been added to the Trailhead Shelter photo gallery. Click here to see progress on shelter and kiosk construction, along with other activities at the shelter.

08-20-04
Due to popular demand, new trailhead maps and detailed information have been posted on the web site.

08-20-04
Monthly newsletter released by Miami Valley Rail Trails

08-19-04
Madison Press article: Bike Tour set for August 27

08-18-04
Public notice appeared in the Xenia Daily Gazette for the bid for construction of the trail from Maple Street to Wilson Road in London and Madison County. Deadline for bid submittal is Wednesday, September 1, 2004. Contracts will be awarded within 60 days, possibly as early as September 9, 2004. For more details, click here.

08-16-04
The next meeting of the Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails is this Wednesday, August 18 at 7:00 pm at the Madison County Senior Center.

08-15-04
New photo gallery added to the website: Wildflowers on the Prairie Grass Trail. Please help us to identify the species of wildflowers or prairie grass in these photos, and please contact us with any new species observed.

08-12-04
Construction nearing completion on the trailhead shelter. For updated photos of construction progress, along with other activities at the shelter, click here.

08-09-04
Madison Press Weekly Review photo: And the winner is....

08-09-04
Madison Press Weekly Review article: Ox Roast News - Bicycle Tour

08-08-04
Columbus Dispatch article: Before taking bike tour, make sure body's ready

08-08-04
Madison Messenger article: Register now for annual Ox Roast Bicycle Tour

08-07-04
Madison Messenger article: Bed & Breakfast wins national award (Congratulations to FMCPT members Ron and Susan Brown.)

08-06-04
Madison County Producers Association add a bike tour to their Fall Farms Tour on Sunday, September 19.

08-01-04
Construction continues on the trailhead shelter. For updated photos of construction progress, along with other activities at the shelter, click here.

08-03-04
Hello Friends.............. Birding enthusiasts will enjoy the variety of birds that have been observed on the Prairie Grass Trail between London and South Charleston.

On Friday, July 30, 2004, FMCPT members Alan Knowles and Don Burton recorded observations of over 30 species of birds. To view photos of the birds identified, click here.

We would like to encourage trail users to report new sightings to us, and we will add new species to our photo gallery.

Please contact us with your observations. Be sure to include your name, along with the date of the observation. We will make every attempt to locate a photograph on the web, and post it in the photo gallery.

07-30-04
Madison Press article: Two events aim to draw crowd to trail

07-29-04
Madison Press article: Cooler weather draws mixed reviews

07-27-04
Hello Friends.............. Jack McDowell from the West Jefferson Park District is conducting a Nature Walk this Saturday, July 31, starting at the Madison County Senior Center Trailhead at 10:00 am.

The purpose of this nature walk is to identify species of prairie grass and wildflowers along the trail corridor. We also want to look at areas where overgrowth, poison ivy, and other invasive plant life can be removed in order to give some of the native rare and endangered plants the chance to regenerate.

After the desireable plant life is identified and locations are "mapped out", we will develop a plan of action for this fall and winter to begin removal of the overgrowth. Jack will give us training on the proper methods for removal.

We plan on meeting at the trailhead at 10:00 am. At that time, Jack will decide on how we will proceed. Some may ride bicycles, some may walk, and other may drive vehicles on Rt 42 to meet up at the various crossroads along the trail corridor.

07-26-04
Local cyclists organize the first London Full Moon Bike Tour!

07-25-04
Monthly newsletter released by Miami Valley Rail Trails

07-22-04
Jim Schneider, Gene Pass and Frank Slagle began field work today on the remaining trail corridor in London from Maple Street to Wilson Road. Construction bids may be released in August. Click here for more information.

07-16-04
Madison Press article: Funding cuts concern Eades

07-14-04
Madison Press article: Plain City Council - Rail trail extension discussed

07-11-04
Rails to Trails Conservancy website: Prairie Grass Trail reaches London, Ohio (Thanks to RTC for creating a link on their web site to our photo gallery.)

07-05-04
Madison Messenger article: Paved trail now open between London and South Charleston

07-01-04
Columbus Dispatch Editorial: Metro Parks crucial to bike paths' success

06-30-04
Monthly newsletter released by Miami Valley Rail Trails

06-30-04
The ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 26 for the opening of the Prairie Grass Trail from South Charleston to London was a huge success! To view our photo gallery, click here.

06-29-04
Paving completed on last three miles from Botkin Road into South Charleston. For updated photos of construction progress, click here.

06-29-04
Madison Press article: Blazing a trail

06-27-04
Columbus Dispatch article: Hundreds of cyclists celebrate "perfect conditions" of new trail

06-25-04
Springfield News Sun article: New segment of bike trail offers peek at some rare prairie

06-24-04
Boy Scout Troop 102 kicks off the "Adopt a Trail" program on the Prairie Grass Trail. Click here for a report from Scoutmaster Casey Elliott. If you would like to become involved in the "Adopt a Trail" program, please contact us.

06-23-04
Madison Press article: Auction thank you

06-23-04
Madison Press article: Canadian walks new trail

06-22-04
Construction completed on the FMCPT footbridge at the Madison County Senior Center Trailhead. For updated photos of construction progress, click here.

06-21-04
Madison Press Weekly Review article: Strawberry Festival Events

06-21-04
Springfield News Sun article: Slow down and look

06-20-04
Madison Messenger article: Bike / hike trail dedication set for Saturday

06-17-04
Construction continues on the Prairie Grass Trail. For updated photos of construction progress, click here.

06-17-04
Columbus Dispatch article: Expanded trails put riders in state of biking bliss
(Make special note that plans are underway to connect the Prairie Grass Trail in Madison County via the "Camp Chase Rail Trail" at Wilson Road, to Battelle-Darby Creek in Franklin County, and on to Columbus.)

06-15-04
Aerial photographs of the trail corridor taken by FMCPT member Kevin Wright.

06-14-04
Madison Messenger article: Stanley Electric supports Ohio to Erie Trail in London

06-11-04
Bicycle raffle drawing will take place during the ribbon cutting ceremony.

06-09-04
Madison Press article: The Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails receive donation from Stanley Electric

06-08-04
Ground has been broken in South Charleston. For updated photos of construction progress, click here.

06-07-04
Construction completed on the FMCPT footbridge at the Madison County Senior Center Trailhead.

06-06-04
Madison Messenger article: South Charleston to London trail dedication set

06-04-04
Madison Press article: City Council adopts ordinance for bike route through City

06-02-04
Southwest Ohio's Waterways and Pathways publication, featuring a full-page advertisement by the Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails, is now available.

06-02-04
Paving has begun on the Prairie Grass Trail from South Charleston to London. For updated photos of construction progress, click here.

06-01-04
Details have been finalized for the official ribbon cutting ceremonies on Saturday, June 26 for the opening of the Prairie Grass Trail from South Charleston to London. For more details, click here.

05-31-04
Madison Messenger article: Trail enthusiasts share trail safety and etiquette hints

05-27-04
Madison Press article: Bikeway paving starts

05-26-04
Construction continues on the Prairie Grass Trail from South Charleston to London. For updated photos of construction progress, click here.

05-18-04
Columbus Dispatch article: Don't pedal to prove your mettle; just have fun

05-17-04
Our 2nd Annual Auction was a huge success! Thanks to everyone in the community for their generous donations, and for their attendance at the event. A very special thanks to Richard and Ruth McKenzie for their hard work in organizing the event, and for their dedication in making personal contacts in the community to obtain donations and to promote the event. Click here to view our photo gallery.

05-11-04
Last chance to get involved in our 2nd Annual Public Auction, taking place this Saturday, May 15, 2004 at the Madison County Senior Center.

05-11-04
Madison Press auction advertisement appeared this week in the Madison Press Weekly Review, the Plain City Advocate, the Mt. Sterling Tribune, and the Mechanicsburg Telegram.

05-10-04
Madison Messenger article: Paving starts on bike trail this spring

05-03-04
Auction advertisement runs in Madison Press. A special thanks to our sponsors for the ad, Hankins & Associates, Crain Construction, Huntington Banks, and Wilson Printing & Graphics.

04-26-04
Madison Messenger article: Friends of Parks and Trails collect items for May 15 auction

04-22-04
Monthly newsletter released by Miami Valley Rail Trails

04-21-04
Hello Friends.............. We regret to announce that the 3rd Annual London Strawberry Festival Tour has been cancelled.

Our 2nd Annual Public Auction takes place on Saturday, May 15. Paving of the Ohio to Erie Trail from South Charleston to London is scheduled for completion in June of 2004. Preparations for these events makes it impossible for our organization to devote the time and funds required to make the bike tour the quality event that our participants have come to expect.

We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment.

However, we would like to encourage everyone to still attend the London Strawberry Festival, and perhaps plan to ride the new Ohio to Erie Trail from London to South Charleston during your visit.

Watch for an upcoming announcement on our web site regarding plans for a ribbon cutting ceremony, tentatively scheduled for June of 2004.

We look forward to seeing everyone in 2005 for the London Strawberry Festival Bicycle Tour.

04-13-04
Click here for information regarding horseback riding on multi use trails.

04-12-04
Our 2nd Annual Public Auction will take place on Saturday, May 15, 2004 at the Madison County Senior Center. For more details, click here.

04-07-04
The bid has been awarded and the first construction activity has begun on the trail corridor between South Charleston and London. For more details, click here.

04-07-04
Madison Press article: Plain City rail-trail: Volunteers sought to clear a pathway

04-06-04
Construction has begun on the Shelter Pavilion at the Madison County Senior Center trailhead. For more details, click here.

04-05-04
Proposed ordinance to close First St. railroad crossing defeated by City Council. For more details, click here.

04-01-04
Dwarf Alberta Pine Trees donated by Mike Adkins from the Farm Science Review have been planted in the trailhead area at the Madison County Senior Center. For more details, click here.

03-29-04
Cycling/advocacy group being organized in Plain City. For more details, click here.

02-21-04
Madison Press article: Rails-to-Trails: Group clears railroad spikes

02-20-04
Norfolk Southern Railroad visits London to discuss our request to proceed with construction of the trail along the low-use industrial rail spur corridor through downtown London. For more details, click here.

02-19-04
Public notice appeared in the Xenia Daily Gazette for the bid for construction of the trail from South Charleston to Midway Street in London. For more details, click here.

02-09-04
The Greene Trails Cycling Classic will take place in Xenia on July 22 through July 25.

02-03-04
TEA-21 update from America Bikes.

01-26-04
A special thank you to Boy Scout Troop 104 for coming out to help us on the trail on Saturday, January 24, 2004. Check the Photo Gallery for photos.

01-24-04
FMCPT member Rodger Lynch has signed up to participate in the Big Ride Pacific Coast 2004 bicycle tour to raise funds for the American Lung Association. This ride will cover 1000 miles along the California coastline. Click here for more information.

01-23-04
Our web site construction is nearly completed! Over 400 photos are now available on our Photo Gallery link. There are also several new Press Releases now available in our News Archives.

01-22-04
Madison Press article: London, railroad negotiate rail bed use

01-07-04
Madison Press article: Annual membership meeting announced

01-07-04
Project manager Jim Schneider of the Greene County Park District reported today that survey work was completed in December in the newly acquired private property in South Charleston, all the way to Midway Street in London.

Jim completed his field work today, and construction bids will be released this month. Plans are to award the bid during the Greene County Park District Meeting on February 12.

Weather permitting, construction is projected to begin in March, starting with grading, clearing of blocked culverts and correction of any drainage issues.

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