Xenia, Ohio — Dedication at 6:00 p.m.; hike starts at 5:00 p.m., September 5, 2014.
Do you love to hike and walk the beautiful trails in southwest Ohio? Do you enjoy First Friday events where you can have fun with all ages and personalities, eat great food, and shop in unique little businesses all while experiencing a picturesque historic downtown? If yes, join with members of the Buckeye Trail and North Country Trail and with Xenia City Council, Downtown Xenia Now, Friends of Xenia Station, Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce, Greene County Parks and Trails and others on a walk from 1443 N. Detroit St. (parking lot at Nick’s restaurant) to the Xenia Bike Plaza at S. Detroit St. and W. Third St. to join in a ceremony dedicating the City of Xenia as a Buckeye Trail and North Country Trail Town. Hikers will assemble at 5:00 p.m. at 1443 N. Detroit St. and walk the Buckeye Trail through downtown Xenia’s bustling First Friday to the Dedication Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. Hikers can then walk back to Nicks, and/or linger to enjoy Downtown Xenia’s September First Friday.
Non-hikers and hikers alike are invited to the 6:00 p.m. Xenia Trail Town Dedication ceremony at the Bike Plaza located on the southwest corner of S. Detroit St. and W. Third St. The Dedication will be given by the City of Xenia Mayor Marsha Bayless and the Buckeye Trail Association (BTA) Executive Director, Andrew Bashaw and the support of others who are eager to celebrate the City of Xenia as the latest Trail Town in Ohio.
Xenia resident Nan (Janet) Allen, an avid hiker and advocate for the Buckeye Trail and the North County Trail, spearheaded the efforts to make Xenia a Trail Town. Ms. Allen began meeting with the community because she knew that in order to become a “Trail Town,” Xenia needed to have amenities and businesses that would be of importance to hikers along the trail. She researched the city to see if Xenia had hiker-related retail offerings such as boot repair, pharmacies, book stores, eating establishments and snack food providers as well as public restrooms and camping facilities for hikers. She found Xenia businesses and offerings more than adequate for Trail Town status.
Said Ms. Allen, “I have worked this year to make my City –Xenia, Ohio — a Buckeye and North Country Trail Town. I encourage other Buckeye Trail Association members to explore the opportunity of becoming a Buckeye Trail Town. When a community has a forward-looking vision, everyone benefits. It was great meeting others in my community and I experienced first-hand that Xenia lives up to its name as “The City of Hospitality” and now, a Buckeye/North County Trail Town!”