Cincinnati to Celebrate "Opening Day on the Trails"

April 11, 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


CONTACT: Wade Johnston, Regional Trails Coordinator, or 513.541.1538, @TriStateTrails –


Cincinnati, OH – The Cincinnati Reds aren’t the only ones celebrating Opening Day this spring! Green Umbrella’s Tri-State Trails has teamed up with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) to create a fun-filled day at Sawyer Point Park on Saturday, April 16, from noon to 5 p.m., to celebrate Opening Day on the Trails 2016. (What a great way to spend the day in the great outdoors—especially at the end of tax season!)

The region's first Opening Day on the Trails Challenge will kick off during the annual Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration at Sawyer Point. A group walk is scheduled for 2 p.m., which will take participants on the Purple People Bridge into Kentucky, traverse the Riverfront Commons Trail and return via the Taylor Southgate Bridge (easy route) and the Roebling Suspension Bridge (moderate route).

“The 7-week Trails Challenge, which will end on June 4th with a National Trails Day celebration, is a great opportunity for people to explore our region’s trails. The momentum towards a connected regional trail network is strong here, which is why we decided to make our region’s first Opening Day on the Trails Challenge also the longest running event nationally of its kind. We know too that connecting people and places through active transportation and outdoor recreation amenities like trails and bike lanes will help make our region a highly desirable place to live, play, and work,” says Wade Johnston, Regional Trails Coordinator for Green Umbrella’s Tri-State Trails initiative.

“RTC’s annual Opening Day for Trails is a great way for people to enjoy the nation’s network of trails, which serve as catalysts for creating healthier places for healthier people across the country,” commented RTC President Keith Laughlin. “Engaging everyone in America to champion trail networks is at the heart of our movement. There are many ways to get involved: become a member, plug in to our social media, spread the word, or just walk or ride your local rail-trail.”

Increased mobility, improved public health, economic development, a cleaner environment and enhanced community are some of the primary benefits of active-transportation systems. A member-supported nonprofit, RTC has been advocating for the development and protection of trails throughout America since 1986.

Opening Day on the Trails events are free and open to the public, made possible by a grant from Interact for Health. Register at to receive a weekly digest of area events by email and to learn how to win prizes for completing the challenge. Visit to take this year’s pledge to get out on a trail on Opening Day. All individuals who take the pledge will be entered for a chance to win a free bike from Fuji.

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