Monday, October 12, 2020

“Jim Buchy Mile” Grand Opening

Have you been on the new Jim Buchy Mile of your Darke County Park’s Tecumseh Trail?  Come and check it out at the Grand Opening on Saturday, October 24 at 1 PM.  The ceremonies will be held at the corner of Broadway and Wilson Ave., in Greenville, at the start of the Jim Buchy Mile.  Please park in the Garst Museum’s new parking area and use the cement walkways to save the newly planted grasses.  

Named in honor of Jim Buchy, the man who as our former long-term State Representative was so instrumental in the growth of your Darke County Park District. Jim was continuously supportive of the building of the Tecumseh Trail, one of your Darke County Parks, not only during his tenure as a legislator but also after his retirement. Without his creative written support and his liaison work with several different State of Ohio organizations, the continual expansion of the Tecumseh Trail would not have happened.  

Jim Buchy commented, "It is a very special honor to have this mile of the Tecumseh Trail named after me.  My hope is that it will serve as a reminder, to all who walk this mile that the Darke Co. Park District considers this land very important to the success of the Treaty of Greenville signed in 1795."

The Tecumseh Trail Multi-Use Pathway is partially on a former railway line, the same one used for the Lincoln Funeral Train in 1865.  The trail construction began in downtown Gettysburg almost 13 years ago, is now complete from Bradford New Harrison Rd. to the point where the Grand Opening will be held at the site of the former Buchy Meat Packing Company.  The trail is split fairly equally in its 15 miles between paved trail and “share the road”.  It provides a great opportunity for walkers, bicyclists, joggers and horse back riders (on the grassy sides of the trail). The Trail connects with the Greenville Creek Trail, developed in a partnership with the City of Greenville at the Bish Discovery Center on Ohio Street where there is a bike repair station and water available to users.

Jim Buchy is truly a visionary working for the betterment of our community.  Please join us on October 24 to celebrate the newest sections of our paved trail and the man who helped it happen.  We ask that you please bring a mask to be used if social distancing cannot occur at this outdoor event.  For more information or to RSVP, please call Deb Shiverdecker at the Darke Co. Park District at 937.548.0165.

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