The Park District has applied for ODNR’s Paddling Enhancement Grant to secure canoe and kayak access on Big Darby Creek. This grant offers 100% reimbursement in an effort to develop or improve recreational boating access for “hand powered watercraft.” This Project is estimated to cost $55,000 and will include a gravel road that’s about 385 feet and a gravel parking lot that’s 100 feet by 70 feet, enough for roughly 20 parking spaces. The District should know by early summer if we have been awarded the funds to complete this project and if the District does receive funding then the District will be hosting a public meeting to address any concerns from neighbors to the project.
The District is still working with Landowner Jim Cook on a location a crossed U.S. 23 from the previously discussed location off little Walnut Road with access to Little Walnut Creek to secure canoe/kayak access. This new location, in the southern portion of Cooks Creek Golf Course, will have more parking than the previously discussed location on the other side of the road. This site will also have overflow parking options for busy weekend and access to one of the southern lake for canoes and kayaks.
We are working to secure additional access points along the Scioto River and Darby Creek for Canoe and Kayak access. We are having discussion with several entities to procure easements along both of these waterbodies.