A new, key section of the Ohio to Erie Trail, with spectacular views of the Hoover Reservoir, is open thanks to a $219,944 Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant and the efforts of the village of Galena, Westerville Bicycle Club, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, Delaware County Friends of the Trail and other supporting entities.

To the Editor:

A new, key section of the Ohio to Erie Trail, with spectacular views of the Hoover Reservoir, is open thanks to a $219,944 Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant and the efforts of the village of Galena, Westerville Bicycle Club, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, Delaware County Friends of the Trail and other supporting entities.

The latest addition to the Galena Brick Trail is a half-mile paved trail with incredible views of Little Walnut Creek and the Hoover Reservoir from the old Penn Central Railroad bridge in Galena. This extends the Ohio to Erie Trail north of Westerville into Galena.

With only a couple of short on-road segments, the trail from Westerville to Galena offers a safe, scenic, family-friendly route for bicycling, running or walking to enjoy Galena's restaurants, retail and the scenic Hoover Boardwalk. The trip to downtown Westerville and back is about 15 miles.

The Galena Brick Trail starts at Dustin Road and ends at Holmes Street in Galena. The historic 145-foot-long bridge offers scenic views. The trail also winds through the quiet wooded beauty of the Hoover Nature Preserve. Trail parking is available off North Walnut Street in Galena.

The DCFT board extends appreciation to all who helped make the trail possible, including, in addition to those named above, the Delaware County commissioners, Delaware County Economic Development Department, Delaware County Foundation, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Preservation Parks of Delaware County, Ohio to Erie Trail Fund, Sunbury Galena Rotary Club, CT Consulting, Law Excavating, Righter Co. and the many Go Fund Me contributors who helped provide local matching funds for the project.

The DCFT encourages everyone to ride or walk the new trail as the construction of the Ohio to Erie Trail through Delaware County continues.

Barry Schumann, DCFT secretary

Westerville