Groundbreaking ceremony is held for The Licking River Greenway Trail

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - The Licking River Greenway Trail Groundbreaking marked the official start of construction on Saturday.

A five-mile trail will link Covington, Taylor Mill, Newport and Wilder to the Licking River. Volunteers have dedicated more than 1,600 hours to help remove debris and prune trees to prepare the first phase of the paved trail.

"The City of Covington and residents in Covington are extremely supportive of this project and excited to be home to the first segment of the Licking River trails," says Covington City Manager Larry Klein.

The groundbreaking ceremony kicked off at 11 a.m. and included food, activities for kids and a live band.

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