GW Cincinnati/Mill Creek launches with a big splash! Rick Magder, GWUSA Executive Director, traveled from Yonkers NY for the Mill Creek Greenway Trail and Groundwork Launch ceremony. GW Cincinnati/Mill Creek is in the process of officially transforming itself from the Mill Creek Restoration Project.
See their press release below:
June 19, 2012
Mill Creek Greenway Trail Program
This morning, the nonprofit Mill Creek Restoration Project was joined by over 250 students and adults at Salway Park in Cincinnati to dedicate and celebrate the completion of three miles of the Mill Creek Greenway Trail that runs through the Spring Grove Village, Northside and Camp Washington neighborhoods. The event was co-hosted by the Cincinnati Recreation Commission that manages Salway Park and by the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati. One hundred fifty Winton Montessori, Chase Elementary, and Pleasant Hill Academy students and teachers participated in the event.
The Mill Creek Greenway Program in Cincinnati includes the multi-purpose, paved hike and bike trail; a new trailhead at Salway Park; environmental improvements to the river and the land along it; educational signage and furnishings; environmental education programming; and two new art projects at the Salway Park trailhead, in collaboration with ArtWorks and artists Chris Daniels and Melody Wolf.
The Mill Creek trail extends three miles from the Winton Road/Spring Grove Avenue intersection, looping around the perimeter of Salway Park, and extending downstream to the Mill Creek Road bridge that connects the Camp Washington and South Cumminsville neighborhoods. The “green part” of the Mill Creek Greenway Program includes transforming heretofore blighted areas along the river by removing trash and debris and non-native invasive vegetation; and by planting Ohio native trees, shrubs, and plants.
Major funding for the Mill Creek Greenway Program comes from the Clean Ohio Trail Fund; The Greater Cincinnati Foundation; Duke Energy Foundation; City of Cincinnati; William & Mary Jane Helms Charitable Trust; National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance; Ed and Joann Hubert Family Foundation; the Audubon and Toyota TogetherGreen Innovation Grant Program; U.S. Department of Energy; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Mary Kay & Gene Gardner Family Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation; and Mill Creek Restoration Project & its individual and business donors.
Mill Creek Rest0ration Project becomes Groundwork Cincinnati/Mill Creek
At the press conference today, Mayor Mark Mallory and Rick Magder, Director of the national nonprofit Groundwork USA, announced that Mill Creek Restoration Project has been nationally and locally approved as a Groundwork Trust, with the new name Groundwork Cincinnati/Mill Creek.
In addition to Groundwork USA, other national partners for Groundwork Cincinnati include the National Park Service, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization; and the EPA Office of Water. Robin Corathers, director of Groundwork Cincinnati, said “We believe the Groundwork appointment will give the Lower Mill Creek Watershed in Cincinnati an enhanced profile locally and nationally, and that it will take our organization to a higher level of expertise and effectiveness in the years ahead. We want our work to be sustainable for decades to come.”
The nonprofit will receive a total of $100,000 over the next year from the National Park Service Rivers and Trails Program to help support its environmental education, Greenway Trail, Healthy People/Healthy River, and summer youth employment programs.
Catherine Hartman, President of the Groundwork Cincinnati/Mill Creek Board and Rick Lisi, President of the Ohio Audubon Society Cincinnati Chapter, also announced today that Toyota and the National Audubon Society have awarded a $50,000 TogetherGreen Innovation Grant to Groundwork Cincinnati/Mill Creek. Over the next year, Groundwork Cincinnati will collaborate with the Cincinnati Chapter to engage inner city youth in learning about birds and their habitat, in restoring a three acre wetland, and in planting an edible forest garden along the river to provide food for birds, other wildlife and people.
TogetherGreen, a conservation initiative of the National Audubon Society and Toyota, provides financial support for projects that use innovative approaches and technologies to engage new and diverse audiences in conservation and to tackle pressing conservation problems.
Check out their website and programs here.