The 3rd and FINAL Reading — and most importantly, THE VOTE– on the Baileys Trail Funding Ordinance at Athens City Council is coming up tomorrow, Monday Dec 9, 2019. 7:00 PM. Please come out, one final time, to the Athens City Council meeting to show your support for the Baileys Trail System project.
It’s been a lengthy timeline to achieve approval for the City of Athens to help fund the Baileys Trail System project. The ordinance reached 3rd reading in early November, but was tabled after Council Members raised questions and requested further information. After untabling, and amending the ordinance to give the city more control over the future of funding for the project, they had to send the amended ordinance through the same process of three successive readings prior to a vote. So this week, the FINAL vote on the funding ordinance is happening.
Come to the City Council meeting on Monday, December 9, 2019, at 7:00 PM, to show your support of the Baileys Trail project. Filling the council chambers will show that we mean business. The vote is the first item on the agenda, so depending on the number of questions and comments by Council and the public, the vote should be taken by 7:30 or 8:00 PM.
We will convene at Jackie O’s Brew Pub in Uptown Athens after the final vote, regardless of the outcome. We will either be celebrating the momentous occasion, or downing our tears and working on strategy for the future. Find more information about the event here.
Coming soon: a world-class mountain biking and recreation experience in Athens County, Ohio! Join us at Eclipse Company Store on October 2 at 6:00PM to hear the latest news about the start of trail building and the plans for the future of the Baileys Trail System and outdoor recreation in Athens County, Ohio.
The Baileys Trail System has been many years in the making. Initial concept and plans date to the 1990s. In the past few years, a core group of volunteers, organizations, and government entities have worked hard to realize this dream of a world-class mountain bike and recreational trail system. The first 13 miles of trail should be ready to ride next spring.
Once built to its full 88-mile planned extent, the trail system will highlight the ridges and slopes of the 9,000-acre Baileys Tract on the Wayne National Forest, and will have direct community connections to Nelsonville, Buchtel, and Chauncey, as well as bikeway connectivity to Athens and The Plains via the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. With 15 million people living within 150 miles of The Baileys Trails System has the potential to become destination for trail-based recreation enthusiasts throughout the Midwest.
Studies show that building a mountain bike trail destination boosts local economies through tourism and provides health benefits to citizens by providing safe, accessible places to walk, run, bike, and enjoy nature. With the physical connectivity of the Baileys trail system to area communities, it is intended that the trail system will provide a source of community pride, and foster an appreciation for the management and conservation of public lands.
Come on out to Eclipse Craft Beer Hall on Wednesday, October 2, 2019from 6:00 to 8:00 pm to get an update on the Baileys Trail Project, throw back some brews, network with others that are interested in the project, and even listen to some live blues music, as Blues Cowboys are playing on the stage outside at Eclipse till 8:00 PM.
The Baileys Trail System is poised to become the flagship of an extensive array of recreational opportunities already available in Athens County, including mountain biking, hiking, trail running, equestrian, kayaking, and canoeing, in Strouds Run State Park, the Hocking River, City of Athens parks, Ohio University, Hocking College, and Athens Conservancy preserves.
6:00-7:00 PM Introductions, panel presentation and question/answer session
7:00-8:00 PM Informal social and musical performance on the outdoor stage
The event will be held in the upstairs space of the Eclipse Company Store, located at 11309 Jackson Dr, The Plains, Ohio. Food and drink will be available for purchase downstairs in the Eclipse Company Store, and may be brought upstairs for consumption throughout the event. Attendees can also enjoy a free outdoor music performance by the band Blues Cowboys until 8:00 PM.