Thursday, March 24, 2011

Volunteers sought for Licking trails work day

Those interested in the construction of multi-use trails in Northern Kentucky are encouraged to participate in a volunteer work day for the Licking River Greenway and Trails, taking place from 9 A.M. to noon on Saturday.

Volunteers will meet in the back portion of the Holmes High School parking lot, Eastern and Levassor avenues in Covington.

The first phase of the project is a 3,756-foot-long, 8-foot-wide paved trail beginning at Clayton Meyer Park, ascending and the following the floodwall along the Licking River and continuing southward through the nature trails at Oakland Avenue to Holmes High School.

When completed, the Licking River Greenway and Trails will extend five miles from the Ohio River to Interstate 275, impacting the communities of Covington, Newport, Taylor Mill, and Wilder.

In 2009, Vision 2015's Licking River project was merged with Southbank Partners' $170 million Riverfront Commons project, a multi-use pedestrian pathway along the Ohio River that would connect residential and commercial locations, recreational opportunities, tourist attractions, and arts and cultural sites.

Southbank Partners and Vision 2015 estimate that the entire project could stimulate $1.5 billion in private investment and create 4,000 permanent jobs.

For more information, contact the Covington Parks and Recreation Department at

The next volunteer work day is scheduled for May 14.

Photo courtesy of Licking River Greenway and Trails

Previous reading on BC:
$350K grant to aid Northern Kentucky riverfront project (6/8/10)
Riverfront Commons project receives $25K, closer to goal (6/18/09)
Public hearing seeks Licking Greenway ideas (1/21/09)