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During the week, Leave no Trace will host public programs for children and adults. On Sept. 30, there will be a trail work day to continue improving the paths and nature preserve.
“It’s another chance for people to come out with some good sturdy shoes and work gloves to help get the park more in shape for the public to enjoy,” Kennard said.
The park has already received extensive help from area organizations and volunteers.
In May, the park district hosted Adopt-a-Crag and partnered with the Ohio Climbers Coalition and Statewide Climbing Organization to remove trash and junk from the gorge. With the help of 200 volunteers, more than 125,000 pounds of trash were removed in one day.
Volunteers also built trails for better access to the gorge, removed of invasive species and organized climbing demonstrations.
“It’s just really fortunate for Clark County that we’ve had the resources and the partners to preserve this gorge and natural area for ever,” Kennard said. “And I know people who have lived in this community have been waiting for this land to come under public ownership.”
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The Ohio Climbers Coalition bolted routes into the rocks for climbers, and will help monitor the bolts and the usage of the routes.
“We were thrilled to have such a great turnout,” said Kennard said of the Adopt-a-Crag event.
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The park is still a bit primitive, Kennard said. The main trail has rock steps without hand rails, so she recommends a walking stick for anyone who doesn’t feel sure footed. However, this hasn’t stopped people from visiting the walking trails, programs, or taking advantage of the rock climbing options.
“It’s really good for Clark County because people are talking about the ridges all around the country,” Kennard said. “People travel out of state to climb here. I think this park is not only for the climbing enthusiasts and the nature enthusiasts, but it also helps out the economic vitality of the community.”