Teamwork leads to Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail in Sabina


By John Hamilton - jhamilton@wnewsj.com



From left, Clinton County Park Commissioner Bob Thobaben, Sabina Mayor Dean Hawk, Bruce Saunders of the Clinton County Trails Coalition, and Village Administrator Rob Dean stand on the newly paved Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail on Monday.

From left, Clinton County Park Commissioner Bob Thobaben, Sabina Mayor Dean Hawk, Bruce Saunders of the Clinton County Trails Coalition, and Village Administrator Rob Dean stand on the newly paved Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail on Monday.


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County and village officials chat the crew responsible for coating the Clinton-FayetteFriendship Trail in Sabina on Monday.


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From left, Sabina Mayor Dean Hawk, Village Administrator Rob Dean, County Parks Commissioner Bob Thobaben, and Bruce Saunders of the County Trails Coalitions stroll down the freshly paved Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail on Monday.


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SABINA — A smoother and better trail is ready for recreational use.

Paving is complete for a portion of the Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail in Sabina after two years of raising funds.

“The Clinton County Trails Coalition in conjunction with the Clinton County Parks Board has been raising funds for the past two years to finish the paving between Sabina and Borum Road,” said Bruce Saunders of the Clinton County Trails Coalition. “Donations came from Sabina 2000, Clinton County Trails Coalition, Health First, Clinton County Commissioners, Clinton County Foundation and many residents of Sabina and Clinton County.”

The Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail was built in 2014, starting at Melvin Road and going through Reesville and Sabina to the county line at Borum Road.

When the trail was built with Clean Ohio funds there were only enough funds to pave the section between Reesville and Sabina. The trail is 6.1 miles in length — it’s a recreational trail intended for walking and biking for residents of Clinton County, to improve access to healthy recreation.

“Our next step will be to raise money to pave the section between Melvin Road and Reesville,” said Saunders. “Also the County Parks Board is in the process of building a parking lot beside the trail in Reesville.”

From left, Clinton County Park Commissioner Bob Thobaben, Sabina Mayor Dean Hawk, Bruce Saunders of the Clinton County Trails Coalition, and Village Administrator Rob Dean stand on the newly paved Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail on Monday.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/10/web1_Sabina-path-1.jpgFrom left, Clinton County Park Commissioner Bob Thobaben, Sabina Mayor Dean Hawk, Bruce Saunders of the Clinton County Trails Coalition, and Village Administrator Rob Dean stand on the newly paved Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail on Monday. John Hamilton | News Journal

County and village officials chat the crew responsible for coating the Clinton-FayetteFriendship Trail in Sabina on Monday.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/10/web1_Sabina-path-4.jpgCounty and village officials chat the crew responsible for coating the Clinton-FayetteFriendship Trail in Sabina on Monday. John Hamilton | News Journal

From left, Sabina Mayor Dean Hawk, Village Administrator Rob Dean, County Parks Commissioner Bob Thobaben, and Bruce Saunders of the County Trails Coalitions stroll down the freshly paved Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail on Monday.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/10/web1_Sabina-path-3.jpgFrom left, Sabina Mayor Dean Hawk, Village Administrator Rob Dean, County Parks Commissioner Bob Thobaben, and Bruce Saunders of the County Trails Coalitions stroll down the freshly paved Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail on Monday. John Hamilton | News Journal

By John Hamilton

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