Source: The River City News
It has only just begun - but Riverfront Commons is now an award-winning trail.
The ambitious recreational trail project that will eventually stretch from Ludlow in the west to Fort Thomas in the east, linking Northern Kentucky's River Cities, was honored at last week's Regional Trails Summit.
Tri-State Trails and Green Umbrella sponsored the annual summit, held on Friday at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.
“It is exciting to receive an award from your peers,” said Southbank Partners President Jack Moreland. “To be recognized by other people who develop and work on trails in our region validates the success of the Riverfront Commons project.”
The Fourth Annual Regional Trails Summit’s topic was “Making the Economic Case for Trails”. The program covered topics such as the OKI 2040 Regional Transportation Plan, using trails as an economic tool, and building public support for trails.
Southbank Partners promotes and manages economic development and infrastructure improvement projects in the Northern Kentucky Ohio River cities of Newport, Covington, Bellevue, Dayton, Ludlow, and Fort Thomas.
“It is quite an honor to be recognized as we continue to move forward with Riverfront Commons,” said Southbank Board Member Roger Peterman, also a member of Fort Thomas City Council. “Much has been accomplished but there is also much to be done to realize our vision of a hike and bike trail along the entire Northern Kentucky riverfront. Public support is a key to realizing our dream and this recognition tells the public we are well on our way.”