Ashtabula County Metroparks with the Civic Development Corporation, the Ohio Horsemen’s Council and others held a Ribbon-Cutting Event opening up a CDC-funded parking lot, new trail and stream crossing at the north side of Hatches Corners Metropark on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 5:30 pm Eastern Time.
The ribbon-cutting event caps a multi-year project with matching funds provided by the Civic Development Corporation through a 2015 CDC Placemaking Grant to Metroparks to provide amenities in three Ashtabula County Metroparks, Lampson Reservoir Metropark (Jefferson Twp), Hatches Corners Metropark (Monroe Twp) and Friends of Conneaut Creek Metropark (Conneaut).
With the grant funding, Metroparks was able to install the following improvements at Hatches Corners Metropark (State Route 7 and Hatches Corners Rds, Monroe Twp):
- Boardwalk crossings, trail markers on a 1.25 mile stretch of trail
- Parking lot from Hatches Corners Road
- An information kiosk. As part of its matching share, ACMP installed the Route 7 parking lot, installed the wood chip trail.
- Stream crossing bridge connecting the north trail to the south, SR 7- accessed trail.
Improvements funded by the CDC grant at the three Metroparks have allowed county residents to enjoy the benefits of some of the most sensitive and ecologically diverse sets of habitats in northeastern Ohio.
Each of the improvements demonstrate the commitment of the CDC and the Ashtabula County Metroparks in bettering the quality of life for all Ashtabula County residents.
In addition, Metroparks has received a donation and in-kind labor from the Ohio Horsemen’s Council as well as assistance from the Metroparks’ “Over the Hill Gang”.