Please help extend the Ohio to Erie Trail across historic London!
Click here for info on our "Closing the Gap" Fundraiser
Spring is right around the corner! The crocuses are coming up, the buzzards are back, the days are getting longer, and many are planning their spring gardens. The Madison County Master Gardeners are sponsoring the Madison County Garden Expo on Saturday, March 17th. The event will be at the First Presbyterian Church, 211 Garfield Ave., London, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come visit the FMCPT booth and learn more about local rare wildflowers and the upcoming educational Prairie Appreciation Ride
Another spring project sponsored by the Madison County Park District and the Soil and Water Conservation District is coming up soon and will need volunteers. Join us at the Little Darby Clean Up Day on Friday, March 30.
The first Full Moon Ride of the season will actually be a "Blue Moon" and is scheduled for Saturday, March 31. Come early and have dinner and then meet in front of Phat Daddy's Pizza to start the ride at 7:30 p.m. See the above link for more details.
The Madison County Park District Commissioners have approved planning for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 7 to open the next section of the Ohio to Erie Trail towards downtown London. No, we do not have all the funds needed to finish constructing the above section - we're about $20K short at this time. FMCPT wants to get this trail open for you and is willing to go out on a limb to make it happen! So, if you can donate a little more it would be greatly appreciated. Making a donation for the trail gap is easy here.
Mark your calendar for another interesting educational experience to learn why this area of Ohio became one of the largest prairies east of the Mississippi River and why we still have remnants of these once widespread native wildflowers and prairie grasses. A Geology Ride is scheduled for Saturday, May 5th. See the link for more details.
The 15th Annual Strawberry Festival Bicycle Tour is being planned for Saturday, June 9th. People have started to register for this ride to reserve their spot. Check out the FMCPT website for more details at the above link.
Finally, our spring activities will wrap up with a stay over by GOBA riders in London at the Madison County Fairgrounds. GOBA will come in on Sunday, June 17th, staying over on Monday with several planned activities, and then move to Circleville on Tuesday. If you would like to be a part of this event, a Town Hall Meeting is being planned for Wednesday, Feb. 28th at 5 p.m. at the Madison County Chamber of Commerce in London at 730 Keny Blvd. If you cannot attend but would like to be a part of the event, contact the Chamber of Commerce on 740-852-2250.
We hope you had a Happy New Year's Day! FMCPT kicked off 2018 with their traditional New Year's Day Ride. It was a little short due to the chilly weather, but four adventurous seniors participated in a ride around London. Just wait to the weather breaks.....
Here's an update on the status of the The Ohio to ErieTrail extension between Maple & Walnut Streets in London. Unfortunately, the limestone did not get placed before the end of 2017. Partly because the County Engineering Department had a fire that destroyed a dump truck and the tractor for a semi dump trailer, and the weather did not cooperate in December. However, people continued to donate towards the Trail Gap project and currently 72% of the estimated trail section construction costs have been raised. The County Engineer plans to have the trail section completed with an asphalt surface by this spring. We still need approximately $23,000 for the paving. If you can donate to help out, that would be greatly appreciated! Just click HERE for more information.
Join us at the annual FMCPT Members Meeting on Wednesday, January 17 at 7 p.m. at the Madison County Senior Citizens Center, 280 W. High St., London, Ohio. Our guest speaker is Brian Housh who is a Yellow Springs village council member and a Midwest policy manager involved with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Expect an interesting talk about trails and the future work of the Conservancy. The Madison County Commissioners will present volunteer certificates for outstanding service in 2017. This meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be available.
Our 13th Annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast is co-sponsored with the Madison County Senior Citizens Center and will be on Saturday, February 10th from 7-11 a.m. This is an All You Can Eatbreakfast so bring the family and friends! Adults are $6 and children under 13 are $4. There will be a silent auction during the breakfast. (If you have newer items you would like to donate to the auction, contact Gene Pass 740-506-0521 or Wayne Roberts 614-205-6754 for assistance.)
If you are not a FMCPT Life Member and have not updated your FMCPT Membership for 2018, it is easy to do. Just click HERE and follow the instructions. Your membership is a major contributor towards trail maintenance expenses.
FMCPT members start off a FRIGID 2018 with the traditional New Year's Ride.
We hope you are having a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!
Come out and join us this Monday for Olde Fashioned Christmas in London. We'll be at the London Coffee Peddler, 127 S. Main Street with free refreshments and good conversation. There will be plenty of merry making from the Peddler to Cowling Park from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The Ohio to Erie Trail extension between Maple & Walnut Street in London will soon be completed with a limestone finish by the end of the year. We plan to put asphalt down in the spring, however, only 68% of the original estimated cost has been raised to date. We still need approximately $25,000 to complete the paving. If you can donate to help, that would be greatly appreciated! Just click HERE for more information.
The London camping area continues to be a popular place to stop. The number of bicycle campers has double since last year. We've now had campers from all over Ohio, 25 other states, and 7 other countries. A frequent comment from the visitors is "please tell other towns to provide such a facility"!
FMCPT volunteers have used the Root Ripper machine on both sides of the trail across the county again this year. We are pleased with its effectiveness and have had very little new root problems since using the machine.
The Madison County Engineering Department used their radial-arm mower to cut back high brush along each side of the trail this fall. This saves our volunteers, and the contracted workers, many hours in mowing the grass and keeping the weeds cut down. Volunteers have also been blowing the trail this fall to help keep the leaves from becoming wet and slippery.
If you are a dedicated bicyclist, think about joining us for the Annual New Year's Day Ride! We meet at 1 p.m. day at McDonald's in London. The weather will help determine the length of the ride. The point here is: starting the New Year off right!
The Annual Membership Meeting is scheduled for January 17th at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center in London. The guest speaker is Brian Housh. Along with many other hats he wears, Brian is a Yellow Springs Council Member, and a Midwest Policy Manager involved with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy working to build active transportation networks in the region. The meeting is open to the public and we hope you can come.
We are very pleased that GOBA will be staying in London again in 2018! We will need food providers, sleeping quarters, entertainment, volunteers, Committee members, etc., etc.. If you would like to be involved with GOBA this year, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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