Trail & Greenway Master Plan
A collaborative effort to advance trail development in Union County.
In 2006, the Union County-Marysville Economic Development Office sought the assistance of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and local representatives to research possible bike routes and trails throughout Union County. A draft route map was produced.
To move the project forward, in 2008 an informal committee consisting of local governmental entities, planning organizations, developers, private interest groups, and members of the general public was established. The committee recognized the need to draft an official master plan and began raising funds to hire a consultant. In late 2013, CT Consultants was hired to develop Union County’s first trails and greenways master plan. The consultant conducted a series of committee meetings, public outreach efforts, and a community survey to develop a bold vision for future trail development and greenway preservation in Union County. The Union County Trails & Greenways Master Plan was completed in Spring 2015 and was subsequently adopted by Union County, the City of Marysville, the villages of Richwood and Milford Center, and Jerome and Millcreek townships.
In late 2017, the Union County Health Department retained the services of Toole Design Group to provide technical services for updating the Union County Trails & Greenways Master Plan and to organize community efforts with the goal of launching a formal working group. Throughout the following year, several meetings occurred which resulted in preliminary updates to the master plan. In 2018, the National Park Service – Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program (RTCAP) offered its assistance to the trail committee to advance its goal of formalizing the master plan update and establishing a working group.
In 2019, thanks to the assistance of the National Park Service RTCAP, the Union County Trail & Greenway Working Group was established to advance a bold vision for future trail development and greenway preservation in the community. By partnering with local and regional stakeholders, we will implement and guide efforts that showcase the natural, cultural, and recreational resources in Union County and its various municipalities by developing a linked network of trails and greenways.
The 2014 Trail & Greenway Master Plan sets forth recommendations on how stakeholders can expand a network of trails and greenways in Union County and its various townships and municipalities. While the master plan focuses on recreational opportunities, the overall intent of the master plan is to develop outdoor community amenities that promote healthier lifestyles and increase the quality of life of residents.
Master Plan Funding Partners
City of Marysville
Marysville-Union County Port Authority
Union County Commissioners
Union County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Union County Health Department
Union County-Marysville Economic Development Partnership
Nationwide Realty -Jerome Village
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company