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III. REPORT SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS

The Indian Trails and Ashtabula River Gulf Area provides great potential as a multipurpose recreational destination for the citizens of Ashtabula County and out-of-area visitors.  The largely undisturbed natural environment, river and dramatic vistas are a natural attraction with multiple access points dividing the urban environment of Ashtabula City.  Although presently in a state of disrepair, public investment in improvements and amenities would open the park to its full potential for recreation, education and conservation opportunities.

This report provides the engineering and planning basis for future development opportunities.  Suggested improvements have been formed on the basis of public input and community desire to rehabilitate Indian Trails.

It is recommended that the Ashtabula Township Park Commission pursue local, state and federal funding opportunities with this report as a basis for grant applications.  It is further suggested that the Park Commission develop partnerships with local government entities that have an interest in Park improvements to share the financial burden of future development options.  A dedicated source of funding must also be considered to provide for operation and maintenance of park improvements along with a security plan to protect new park investments and ensure public safety.

It is also recommended that the Park Commission pursue land acquisition opportunities at identified sites to expand the Park for purposes of public access and environmental conservation.  

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