The 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.
Urbana - Bellefontaine Connector
Large Donors briefed on progress
Shown left to right at the Upper Valley Pike railroad crossing are:
Front row: Terry Jones, Cecelia Lokai-Minnich, Christie Barns, Tammy Allison, Caroline Ramsey, Jim Wehrman and Nancy Lokai-Baldwin
Back row: Doug Chivington, Craig Fultz, Bellefontaine Mayor Adam Brannon, Carmen Scott and Betsy Bohl
The Simon Kenton Pathfinders briefed their two largest donors regarding the progress being made on the northern extension bike trail project. Members recently met at the Mad River Farm Market with Tammy Allison, Chief Operating Officer of the Mary Rutan Hospital Foundation, Christie Barns, Community Events Coordinator at Mary Rutan Hospital and Jim Wehrman, Senior Vice President of Honda of America and president of the Honda of America Foundation and Caroline Ramsey, Executive Director of the Honda of America Foundation.
The hospital Foundation and Honda of America have each donated or committed $50,000 to the trail project. Pathfinders’ member Doug Chivington gave a presentation concerning the trail efforts to date and explained the necessary steps yet to be taken.
Fundraising is continuing and anyone who would like to make a tax-deductible donation may make it payable to the Simon Kenton Pathfinders and send it to P. O. Box 91, Urbana, OH 43078.
Vectren of Dayton Donates $5,000
Simon Kenton Trail Receives Grant for Extension
Bellefontaine, Ohio – The Simon Kenton Trail is one step closer to extending its reach through West Liberty, Ohio, and into Bellefontaine, Ohio, thanks to a grant from Vectren. The extension will connect West Liberty, Bellefontaine, Urbana, Springfield, Yellow Springs, Xenia and Cincinnati, Ohio.
“The extension will be 15.8 miles long, 10 feet wide and made up of crushed limestone,” said Nancy Lokai-Baldwin, president of the Simon Kent Pathfinders. “It will also make for a safe, off-road recreational area for bicyclists, joggers, walkers and other non-vehicular recreation users.”
In addition to providing a greener community, trail officials expect the extension to positively impact small-business growth. As use of the trail increases, the need for bicycling products and repair is expected to increase as well.
“The trail extension fits well within Vectren’s key areas of focus and it is our pleasure to offer our continued support to the Village of West Liberty and City of Bellefontaine,” said Colleen Ryan, president of Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio.
L-R: Carmen Scott, Simon Kenton Pathfinders, Funding Chairman , Lynda K. Hoffman, Vectren Community Affairs Manager, Nancy Lokai-Baldwin, President Simon Kenton Pathfinders, Adam Brannon, Mayor of Bellefontaine
Pennies for the Path donates over $7,000
Over $7,000 has been donated to the trail through Pennies for the Path! Thank you so much for all of your efforts....and your pennies!
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.
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Thank you very much!!