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Community learns more about the Indian Lake/Great Miami River Open Space project (Audio and Video included)

A second open house was held for the Indian Lake/Great Miami River Open Space project at the Russells Point Municipal Building Wednesday.

Community members and potential donors had the opportunity to learn more details about the project.

Mayor Robin Reames discusses the open house.

The project has received $880,250 of funding to date. The Rudolph family has donated $331,500 for land and planning services, a Clean Ohio Fund Grant will cover $500,000, and the Village of Russells Point has committed $31,750 to the project. In addition, Duff Quarry, Pheasants Forever, and the Indian Lake Watershed Project have contributed a combined total of $17,000 to the project.

An additional $103,000 is needed to fulfill the project. The remaining funds will cover benches, trails, waste receptacles, trees, and plants. Anyone wishing to contribute to the project can contact Russells Point Mayor Robin Reames at 843-2601.

The project will be built on 52.3-acres of agricultural cropland and pasture located adjacent to the Great Miami River (south of US 33 and west of Lincoln Boulevard). Grant money will be used to create eight-acres of wetland, 20-acres of prairie, and 1.2 miles of trail. Landscape Architect Patrick Beam (pictured), of Basset Associates in Lima, is designing the project. Beam is hoping the project can go out to bid by March 2013.

Beam comments on the project’s status.

Following the presentation a question regarding parking was asked. At this point, parking for the area will be available at the Russells Point Municipal Building, but other parking options are being investigated.

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Watch Beam’s portion of the presentation.

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