Circuit Training Stations – Exercise stations located intermittently along the entire length of the trail would provide a popular activity at minimal cost for exercise enthusiasts. Notably, the Ashtabula YMCA is located above the Tannery Hill entrance and would be a logical gateway to the entire trail system for joggers and bikers.
Visitor/Education Center – Establishment of a visitor center near a major trailhead in the Park would provide a valuable orientation for visitors to Indian Trails Park. Historical and environmental exhibits could be developed and make the Park an attractive destination for out-of-county visitors. Environmental curriculum for local schools should be developed to provide students with a unique environmental education experience.
Trash Containers – Littering and dumping are prevalent throughout the Park. Clearly marked and serviced trash receptacles would minimize and control litter within the Park.
Indian Trails North – Proposed Improvements
Cedarquest Park – With its 8 baseball fields, Cedarquest Park may receive the highest visitation of any area of the Park and is the northern gateway/trailhead to the entire park system. While parking is available at this location, it is inadequate and unimproved. Paved parking spaces are cost-estimated in this report as an important improvement. Cedarquest Park is also the staging area for the Ohio Horsemen’s Association annual ride.
Horse trailer parking and a turnabout is contemplated for this location as the trailhead for the bridle path. A designated picnic area would also be located with tables, grills and trash containers. A playground area with equipment would be an ideal improvement at this location, as would year-round restroom facilities. Eighteen hundred feet of improved walking trail and bridle path would be located in this northernmost park section. The southwestern portion of the Park abuts a private10 acre parcel that fronts the river. Mostly wetlands, this parcel is an ideal candidate for acquisition.
Indian Trails North to Spring Street Bridge -- This gated trailhead begins directly across from Cedarquest Park (Harmon Hill Road) and continues south. A clear path/road remains from construction of a new Rt. 20 Viaduct completed in 2001. Erosion control measures and vegetative plantings are recommended to conserve exposed soils.