Russells Point officials announced on Friday that the area has received a grant from voter approved state bonds for natural resource projects.
(Pictured: The Great Miami River near Indian Lake)
The Ohio Public Works Commission – Clean Ohio Fund awarded a grant worth $500,000 to the village.
The project is made up of many different segments including the donation of 52.3 acres of agricultural cropland and pasture located adjacent to the Great Miami River. Grant money will be used towards the creation of 8 acres of wetland, 20 acres of prairie, wildlife environments, and access for community residents.
The grant will provide for construction of 1.2 miles for trail access as well as educational opportunities within the habitat.
The Great Miami River will be contained within a dedicated mile-long open space, protecting streamside vegetation. Non-native invasive species will also be controlled in the area.
Russells Point officials have been working on the project since January of 2011. Patrick J. Beam, Certified Landscape Architect of Basset Associates in Lima, and Village Solicitor Rob Eshenbaugh have dedicated many hours to the grant.
Signs incorporated into the design of the trail will recognize local donors. Benches provided by sponsors will also be placed for resident use.
Public parking for the area will be available at the Russells Point Municipal Building.
The space will now become part of the village recreation and open space system and will be owned and maintained by the village of Russells Point.
The purpose of the Indian Lake Great Miami Open Space Project is to preserve headwater streams and preserve or restore floodplain and streamside forest functions.
Village officials will sponsor an open house for the project in the coming weeks.