Ohio River Trail opens Friday

Source: Steve E. Sievers
Source: Steve E. Sievers

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Ohio River Trail is scheduled to open Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and inaugural walk.

The trail connects a 1.1 mile gap at Lunken Loop Trail to Schmidt Playfields and Riverview East Academy, creating a 7 mile paved biking, walking and running path.

The trail was made poss bile through $2.2 million in city and federal construction funding.

The City of Cincinnati converted an abandoned railroad spur, city property and public streets into space for non-motorized transportation and recreation.

The project also features several green infrastructure elements: diverting stormwater from a treatment plant to a water quality basin; remodeling a freight transfer terminal into an iconic gateway; and recycling steel railroad track into fence posts.

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