I. INTRODUCTION – STUDY PURPOSE
The Ashtabula Township Park Commission is entrusted with stewardship of 369 acres of parkland known as Indian Trails in the Ashtabula River Gulf area. The park encompasses 3.1 miles of the Ashtabula River creating a unique park setting characterized by scenic vistas and aquatic life, adjacent flood plain, upland hardwood forests, wetlands, sensitive wildflowers and wildlife habitat. Renewed public interest has led the Park Commission to fund this study to more fully characterize the physical and ecological assets of the Park. This report will also provide recommendations regarding opportunities for future investment and management of the resource towards the public benefit.
Aerial photogrametric mapping was completed in spring of 2002 to provide an up-to-date characterization of park resources and technical basis for future planning efforts and capital improvements. Public input regarding desired improvements and park uses was received through a series of public meetings hosted in 2002 by the Ashtabula Township Park Commission. This report will identify recreation, conservation and improvement opportunities within the park that reflect community desire for an enhanced Indian Trails Park system. This effort will also provide detailed cost estimates of proposed improvements.
The primary purpose of this study is to provide the basis for grant applications to obtain public and private funding for long-term development of the park for purposes of access, conservation and recreation.