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- Fall 2015
Troy, Ohio - The Miami County Park District will officially open the “Paul G. Duke Memorial Bikeway” on Friday, June 8 at 10 a.m. The opening will take place in the parking lot of the Apostolic Church of Christ – 1624 N. County Rd. 25A.
This section of bikeway is located on the original site of the Duke Nurseries and was funded by The Paul G. Duke Foundation and the Clean Ohio Trails Fund. "It seems fitting that this section of bikeway be named in Mr. Duke’s honor, after all this is where he started his business," says J. Scott Myers, the executive director of the Miami County Park District. A unique feature of this section of trail is the re-use of the old Fairview-Snodgrass Rd. Bridge that was donated by the County Engineer.
The “Paul G. Duke Memorial Bikeway” extends from Lytle Road south to Eldean Road. “This section is a vital link as we continue toward connecting the bikeway between Troy and Piqua," says Myers. Construction on the final section, which will join the Twin Arch Reserve trail to Peterson road by way of a bridge over the Great Miami River, is set to begin in the fall of 2013.
The first sections of the bikeway were constructed over 10 years ago with the goal of someday connecting Piqua to Montgomery County. Today, hundreds of citizens use the bikeway each day. “The bikeway adds to the high quality of life in Miami County. Whether you walk, run or bike, it’s a great way to get outside and get healthy,” says Myers.
About the Duke Foundation
Patricia Duke Robinson leads The Paul G. Duke Foundation, which was established by her father in 1983. The Paul G. Duke Foundation is strongly committed to carrying on Mr. Duke's philanthropic tradition of supporting nonprofit organizations primarily in Miami County where the Duke Garden Centers originated.