The Shelby County Park District realized several exciting goals in 2015.
The highlights, submitted by Dr. Cara Kellersmith, board member, are as follows:
Renner Sanctuary: The Shelby County Park District started work on the Renner Sanctuary which is located on the corner of Patterson-Halpin Road. and Cisco Road. Volunteers spent many hours clearing trails through the woods, mowing, and clearing debris. Benches will be placed around the meadow and prairie land so hikers can enjoy the peacefulness of the birds and butterflies. The Shelby County Park District is currently working on procuring grants to further develop the property for the community to use. We hope to see the Renner Sanctuary open to the public by the end of 2016.
Miami Erie Canal Corridor: The park district leased a portion of the Miami Erie Canal Corridor which is also part of the Buckeye Trail. This scenic hiking trail extends from Pampel Road to state Route 47 near Leighty Lake. The trail was maintained and repaired by the Shelby County Park District and volunteers during 2015. Hiking here is great even during the winter! If you are quiet you are sure to see deer, wild turkey, and a fox or two. Many hikers of the Buckeye Trail rest overnight at the shelter on the trail.
Hardin Park: Hardin Park is mowed and maintained by the Friends of the Parks. The Shelby County Park District repaired picnic tables and benches in late 2015. The park is a nice stopping area for picnics, bicycle riders or just sitting under a tree to read.
Bornhorst Woods: The Shelby County Park District was proud to host the Soil and Water’s annual the Forestry Field Days at Bornhorst Woods in the fall of 2015. The woods location on Staley Road also is the site of the historical Redman Cemetery. A huge thank you goes out to Anna’s FFA program and other volunteers for helping to prepare the property for the event.
Lockington Reserve: The Lockington Reserve hosted a Mountain Man Encampment during the summer of 2015. Great strides were made in 2015 in cleaning up dilapidated bird blinds and trimming back trees along the trails. A special thank you goes out to the Houston Environmental Club and other community members led by Jessie McCoy who volunteered their time at the Lockington Reserve.
In other news:
Dee Monnin, Shawn Henry and I were sworn in as members of the Board of Commissioners for the Shelby County Park District on Jan. 19, 2016, by Judge William R. Zimmerman. This is the second term for both Monnin and myself and Henry’s first term. The park commissioners look forward to continuing to serve their community.
The Shelby County Park District is currently in the process of developing several programs that will occur at each of our parks during 2016. When the dates have been determined they will be published in the paper and will be posted on our Facebook page. You can friend us by going to “Shelby county park district”.
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