Simon Kenton Pathfinders
The Simon Kenton Pathfinders is a charitable, non-profit (501 (c) 3) community organization formed in Summer of 1997 for the purposes of developing a multi-use trail in Champaign County of Ohio. The trail provides long term economic benefits, protects natural resources, provides a safe alternate transportation route, enhances the wellness and quality of life for Champaign County residents.

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Events

NEXT MEETING

Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Depot,

644 Miami Street, Urbana, OH.

EVERYONE WELCOME!

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15th, YES 15th!!!

Annual SKP Bicycle Ride

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Registration Form

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2014 Dues

If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to renew your annual membership to the Simon Kenton Pathfinders for 2014. Dues are $10.00 for individual, $20.00 for family. (Membership Form)

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Please help support the trail

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS!

Sign up NOW with #90429 to benefit SKP

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A Review of SKP History

July 1997 – Simon Kenton Pathfinders founded with 17 members to develop a shared-use trail in Champaign County. (Now 200+ members.)

April 20, 1999 – Awarded $272,397 Transportation Enhancement Activity grant, in partnership with Champaign County commissioners, to construct Phase 1 of the Simon Kenton Trail (SKT) with 20% local match.

July 18, 2000 – Land for trail purchased with funds raised by SKP transferred from West Central Ohio Port Authority to the county commissioners.

July 1, 2001 – First section of the SKT is opened.

October 4, 2002 – Received $450,000 for Phase 2, in first year of Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant program. SKP raised the 25% match to extend the trail from Woodburn to County Line Road.

July 2003 – SKP purchased the old Pennsylvania Railroad Station, 644 Miami St., to restore and update the building for trail users and the community.

September 27, 2003 – Phase 2 completed as a partnership led by the Champaign County commissioners and including the Clark County commissioners, National Trails Park and Recreation District, City of Springfield, West Central Ohio Port Authority and Clark County Transportation Coordinating Committee.

October 17, 2004 – Completed 6.5 mile-section of SKP in City of Urbana with $1.1 million in federal funds plus a $250,000 ODNR grant.

March 2005 – SKP sold the building to the City of Urbana so it could qualify for funds for renovation. The City received $544,000 from the Ohio Department of Transportation for restoration, repair, new restrooms, landscaping, sidewalks and street lights.

Fall 2006 – Representatives of West Liberty and Bellefontaine met to join SKP and pursue connection of the trail to Logan County.

December 2006 – The City leased the depot to SKP.

April 15, 2007 – Depot opened to the public as a rest area, and SKP leased space to the Depot Coffeehouse.

July 2007 – SKP installed bike lockers at the depot on Miami Street. Available for one-year lease.

November 2007 – Began planning Phase 1 of the Urbana- Bellefontaine Connector of the SKT (1.25 miles from the Urbana Depot to near Grimes Field airport), collaborating with the City of Urbana.

Fall 2011 – Entered partnership with the City of Bellefontaine to apply for a Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant from the ODNR to fund Phase 2 of the Bellefontaine Connector, the largest section of trail to be developed in SKP’s history: 16.8 miles.

June 2012 – Phase 1 of Bellefontaine Connector completed.

December 2012 -- Awarded $500,000 Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant with 25% local match ($300,000) for Phase 2 connector construction.

2014 – Projected opening of extension to Bellefontaine.

 

 

The Weather in Urbana, Ohio

Citizens throughout Logan and Champaign counties urged the Simon Kenton Pathfinders over two years ago to initiate efforts to extend the multi-use trail from Urbana north 16 miles to connect the communities of Urbana, West Liberty and Bellefontaine. As a result of those efforts, the City of Bellefontaine and Pathfinders filed an application for a $500,000 grant from the Clean Ohio Trail Fund with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. That grant was given final approval by the State Controlling Board at its January 14th meeting. Others who want to contribute may send their donation to the Simon Kenton Pathfinders, P. O. Box 91, Urbana, OH 43078.

Click Here for Membership / Donation Form

Join The Pack to make the SKT Urbana-Bellefontaine connector a Reality

Levels of Support:

Lead Pack: $50,000+

Breakaway: $10,000-$49,000

Paceline: $1,000- $9,999

Peloton: $100 - $999

(click here for more details)

Family enjoying the trail on July 4, 2014:

Bentley

 

 

The success of the trail is dependent on all of our supporters.

Thank you very much!!

 

 

 

We Are Volunteers!

Simon Kenton PathfindersThe Pathfinders (SKP) are a total volunteer organization.
All funds raised by the SKP are used for the expenses of trail maintenance and to create an endowment fund for trail maintenance.
All maintenance on the trail is done by volunteers within the organization.


New! Fix-It Station

Donated by: Barrie Bentley

A new Fix-It station, with a bicycle repair stand and air compressor, has been installed at the Depot thanks to Barrie Bentley.

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YES! WE'RE STILL Taking It To The Top!

Are We There Yet? Almost!

The end of the 18-mile Urbana-Bellefontaine trail extension project is in sight. The packed crushed limestone trail, from Urbana through West Liberty and on to Bellefontaine, will be completed in 2014.

Work starting on West Liberty Parking Lot

and.....Parking Lot on Carter Street in Bellefontaine

Signing Contract Papers to proceed with Trail Work : City Engineer: Tim Notestine, Safety Service Director: Jim Holycross, LeVan Excavating: Jeremy LeVan

Examining grade of stone for use on trail: Jeremy LeVan, Shelley employee, Carmen Scott, Jim Schneider

Bridge Deck replacement: Mayor Adam Brannon, Jim Holycross

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New Sponsor for Annual SKP Ride

2013 was the last year for the family of Ruth I. Bentley to serve as primary sponsor of the annual SKP September fund- raising bike ride. About 200 bicyclists joined in the fun. Many thanks to the Bentleys for honoring Ruth’s memory and supporting the trail.

We now have a new sponsor: The Family of Rita A. Larson, an Urbana College Graduate and teacher of 30 years.

Click here to download Ride Registration form

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Pennies for the Path

Area schoolchildren again raised money for trail extension through Pennies for the Path. Mrs. Williams 2nd grade class at South Elementary raised the most pennies – 13,941 – earning a special visit by Buckeyeman, and a pizza party.

Winning School Secretary, January Shaner, Buckeyeman, Principal Linda Locke

 

(Click on teacher names below to view class photo )

EAST Class Winners: Mr. Mackey and Mrs. Keep

NORTH Elementary Winning Classes: Mrs. Anders and Mr. Pack

View Businesses along the Trail:

www.MyBikeTrails.com

See You On The Trail!

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