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The Park Board recognizes that motorized vehicle use in the Park, while popular, is incompatible with the majority of sanctioned recreational activities.  The largely natural state of Indian Trails and desire to conserve its ecological resources suggest that the Park Board should enforce the motorized vehicle prohibition that is current park policy when security resources become available.

II. PARK IMPROVEMENT PLAN

a.

Methods

The proposed improvements for Indian Trails Park are the result of public meetings held by Ashtabula Township Park Commission throughout 2002.  Participants included local government leaders, educators, recreation organizations and private citizens.  In addition, a survey was prepared to solicit input from individuals and organizations with a particular interest or expertise in park-related issues or activities.  Information gathered during public meetings has been compiled and highlighted on the new park map as the basis for future planning and proposed improvements to guide a phased development of the Park.  Cost estimates of the proposed improvements are included in Appendix A to assist in future development efforts.     

b.

Park-wide Improvements

Hiking and Horse Trails – The Improvement Plan proposes the re-establishment of a coherent trail system to facilitate hiking, walking, biking and horse riding activities. A clearly delineated and improved trail surface would enhance visitation and public safety while minimizing damage to sensitive vegetation. It would feature 3.8 miles of asphalt paved trail surface 10 feet in width with an adjacent bridle path 5 feet wide. Four bridges are proposed to connect the new trail to river crossings.  The trail system would traverse the entire length of the Park.  

Signage – Trail markers would be located throughout the park to keep visitors on the designated hiking trail and minimize environmental impact.  Environmental/education markers would be placed throughout the Park to highlight plants and trees of special interest and facilitate future educational programming for the Park and local school system.  A historical marker is suggested for the site of the railroad bridge disaster of 1876 at the north end of the Park.

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