Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails

2012 News


12-07-12
Madison Messenger article: ODOT project improves Plain City's walkability

12-03-12
Public Information Meeting to be Held Concerning the Camp Chase Trail Project

11-30-12
Hello Friends........... Hope all of you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. As winter approaches, we have a great indoor project that will be most appreciated this spring! FMCPT is sponsoring a Bluebird House Decorating Contest. First Place winner will receive $60. Entries should be submitted to Sheffield Veterinary Hospital in London by Feb. 7th. Judging will be at the annual FMCPT Pancake Breakfast on Feb. 9th at the Madison County Senior Citizens Center. In addition to having a lot of fun designing and building this bird house, the winners will get to display their houses along the trail in Madison County this year. See the flyer for more details and how to enter. If you have any questions, just email us at fmcpt@columbus.rr.com.

11-30-12
Madison Press article: A future Eagle's gift to the bats

11-28-12
Madison Press article: Old Fashioned Christmas

11-28-12
Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks: ParkScope Magazine - Winter
(Check out the excellent tribute to Jack McDowell on page 9)

11-27-12
Columbus Dispatch article: Metro Parks to reduce budget

11-26-12
Columbus Dispatch article: Metroparks wants lakefront

11-19-12
Quarterly newsletter released by Miami Valley Bike Trails

10-31-12
Hello Friends........... After the recent cold, windy, rainy weather; this Saturday looks promising. Consider enjoying Mother Nature again in her quiet beauty at the Little Darby Nature Preserve and Help the Wildflowers by clearing some honeysuckle. See the flyer for details.

If you have not been to the Battelle-Darby Creek Metro Park lately, be sure to check out the new Nature Center. See some photos in the newspaper article below or read more about it at the Metro Park website.

10-30-12
Madison Messenger article: 53-foot living stream up and running at new nature center

10-24-12
Madison Press article: New wildlife observation deck planned for bike trail

10-19-12
Madison Messenger article: Battelle Darby Park's new nature center set to open

10-12-12
Hello Friends........... Come enjoy the beautiful fall colors at the Deer Creek Fall Color Ride this Saturday, October 13th. There is a 38-mile route and a 77-mile route with some riding on the multi-purpose trail but most will be on scenic country roads. Both routes will start at the Prairie Grass Trailhead behind the senior center in London between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Early registration is now closed but you can still pre-register online at the $8 rate for this budget ride, or just register on Saturday morning (check or cash on Saturday please). Interactive maps are available using MapMyRide.com, or PDF versions are available to print. There will also be printed maps available at the Registration Table. Restaurants are indicated on the maps at various locations along the route. Several restaurants are available in London when you return from your ride. Locations for the London restaurants and other amenities are shown on the large city map at the Prairie Grass Trailhead and in the London Cyclist Guide located in the brochure holder at the trailhead and at the trail-end displays in London.

Bring your family and friends to London and enjoy this scenic fall ride in some of the most beautiful areas of central Ohio!

Sponsored by Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails

10-12-12
Columbus Business First article: Counties positioning themselves for development, population growth

10-11-12
Madison County Children Services press release: Madison County 5K Race for Adoption

10-10-12
Madison Conservation Foundation press release: Little Darby Preserve - Invasive species removal day

09-28-12
Madison Press article: Volunteer Opportunities are Offered

09-27-12
Madison Press article: Evening bike ride scheduled

09-26-12
Madison Messenger article: Parks & Trails folks set sights on next bike path feature

09-26-12
Hello Friends........... Thirteen members from FMCPT rode across the state a couple of weeks ago on the Ohio to Erie Trail. Jerry Rampelt, Executive Director for The Ohio to Erie Trail Fund, escorted the group along the street route in Cincinnati and Columbus which was a great help in some of the tricky spots. Carolyn and Guy Cocchiarale from www.IgotABike.com fame helped guide the group on a modified route in Cleveland to the "tire dip" point in Edgewater Park. Thanks Jerry, Carolyn and Guy for your assistance! Some photos below show parts of the adventure - more will be on the FMCPT Photo Gallery later.

Join us for the Full Moon Ride this Saturday, Sept. 29th at 7:30 p.m. The last two rides have been a blast with recording breaking attendance!

A family oriented nature scavenger hunt will be a fun learning experience for kids of all ages at the new Little Darby State Scenic River Preserve on Saturday, Oct. 6th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. More information is available at the link below.

The Deer Creek Fall Color Ride is planned for Saturday, October 13th. Reduced rates are available until Oct. 6th during pre-registration. This is a budget ride but route maps and limited SAG support will be available.

09-18-12
igotabike blog posting: Photos of the The Friends of Madison County at the end of their bicycle ride on The Ohio To Erie Trail in Cleveland

09-18-12
Madison Press article: County celebrates Constitution Week

09-17-12
Madison Conservation Foundation press release: Nature scavenger hunt at the Little Darby Preserve

09-16-12
igotabike blog posting: 13 FMCPT Cyclists tire dip at Lake Erie after 348 miles on the Ohio to Erie Trail

09-16-12
Dayton Daily News article: Bike trail tunnel under U.S. 35 to be complete in spring

09-13-12
Madison Press article: Ohio trekkers pass through town

09-10-12
Madison Press article: Bike rides planned

09-07-12
Hello Friends........... The last Full Moon Ride was another record breaker! Come out and join in the fun at the next ride scheduled for Sept. 29th at 7:30 p.m.

Our sister organization, the Simon Kenton Pathfinders, are sponsoring The Ruth I. Bentley Memorial Ride this Sunday, Sept. 9th. This is a favorite ride in the area, and an important fundraiser for their organization. See the brochure and registration material on their website. Note the newspaper article below about the event.

Be sure to mark your calendar for the Deer Creek Fall Color Ride on Oct. 13th. This budget tour is available for pre-registration with reduced early registration rates and can be done easily online.

Former FMCPT Board Director, Jack McDowell, continues to be remembered in another article below.

09-07-12
Madison Press article: A pilgrim's progress

09-07-12
Madison Press article: Cyclists on a mission

09-06-12
Madison Press article: Remembering, celebrating McDowell's life

09-04-12
Madison Press article: Ruth I. Bentley Memorial Ride welcomes riders on Sept. 9

08-25-12
Hello Friends........... Here are some fall events to consider:

The Full Moon Ride (or should we say Blue Moon Ride!) is on Friday, Aug. 31st at 8 p.m. (The Aug. 1st ride set an attendance record for this event!)

(All FMCPT volunteers are invited to attend the annual appreciation picnic at 6 p.m. at the Prairie Grass Trailhead prior to the Full Moon Ride.)

Join FMCPT in the West Jefferson Ox Roast Parade on Saturday, Sept. 1st - line up at 11 a.m. Just bring your bike and look for bicyclists in the line up. Better yet, bring the kids and grandkids to help distribute candy along the parade route!

For you runners: The Episopacer 50K Race will be on Sept. 22nd starting in Xenia and going to London on the Prairie Grass Trail. FMCPT volunteers will help staff rest stops along the route for the Proctor Recreational Programs and Activities sponsored event.

The Deer Creek Fall Color Ride is Oct. 13th. Sign up now for this budget ride and get the early registration rate. There are two options: a 38-mile route, and a 77-mile route. It will start in London and follow the river valley through some of the prettiest fall foliage areas in central Ohio. Since it is a budget ride, there will be no organized food stops but there are several eateries indicated on the maps.

After the ride on the 13th, stop over to the "Boo" Fest at the Proctor Center. This promises to be a fun Halloween festival for the whole family. The Madison County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring this event for the public, and as a proud member of this organization FMCPT encourages you to support the Chamber.

08-25-12
Madison Press article: Preserving the Preserve

08-23-12
Madison Press article: No, really: Park closes at sunset

08-22-12
Columbus Dispatch article: Gambier cycling enthusiast was always looking behind

08-08-12
Madison Press article: McDowell's impact recognized, honored

08-07-12
Madison Press article: London Ribs and Jazz Fest: Second day OK

08-07-12
Madison Messenger article: West Jeff service award goes to the late Jack McDowell

08-01-12
Cincinnati Community Press & Recorder article: Area trail connections progressing

07-31-12
Hello Friends........... The Full Moon Ride is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 1st at 8 p.m. Beat the heat and get a few evening miles in along the trail.

This is a reminder about the seal coating on Roberts Pass this week. (The contractor plans to seal Maple Street to Springvalley Road (section just east of London) on Wednesday.) All work is to be completed by Friday so it will not conflict with the festival activities.

If you're into baking, join the competition at the London Rib and Jazz Fest - Pie Baking Contest this Friday or the Cupcake Display and Decorating Contest on Saturday. If not, come out on Friday and have some ribs and help eat the pie! Better yet, come out Saturday morning and take in the Rib Tickler Ride, return to the fest for ribs, then enjoy a cupcake! We're here to please.

07-31-12
Madison Press article: Organizations partner for two sweet baking events

07-30-12
Akron Beacon Journal article: Work begins on Towpath Trail's missing link

07-27-12
Hello Friends........... There is still time to get reduced rates during early registration for the Rib Tickler Ride on Saturday, August 4th. (The cut off for early registration is July 28th.) It's easy to do online registering to get the reduced rate locked in. If printing a registration form and sending in a check is better for you, no problem - just have it post marked by July 28th for the reduced rate. You can always just come to the registration table near Oak and 2nd Streets in London at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 4th and pay the normal $20 entrance fee. You'll enjoy a pretty country ride to Brighton where there will be a food stop. A slightly different route brings you back to London where you can secure your bike at the bike corral and enjoy a delicious meal at the Rib and Jazz Fest. After you walk off those ribs and enjoy the entertainment, there is homemade ice cream and cupcakes to finish off any remaining hunger pangs! Come join the fun!

07-26-12
Madison Press article: McDowell worked tirelessly to better village

07-21-12
Hello Friends........... A friend, nature advocate, and community leader has moved on. Jack McDowell died peacefully with family members on Friday afternoon, July 20, 2012.

Jack has been involved with the work of parks and trails for decades. He was researching and identifying wildflowers and prairie grasses along the Prairie Grass Trail long before the idea of the Ohio to Erie Trail was born. Jack was a key proponent of the trailheads and nature preserves in Madison County. He was an early member of Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails and retained a seat on its Board of Directors until his death.

Those of us who have known and worked with Jack feel the loss of his passing, while at the same time; treasure the joy of our experiences with him. He so willingly shared his abundant knowledge of nature and the physical world with generations of people in the community. He worked hard to preserve native species for everyone to see and experience. Jack touched the hearts of many, and he will be missed.

(Please note the link to the Jack McDowell Memorial Photo Gallery at the end of the following article.)

07-21-12
Madison Press article: Jack McDowell

07-21-12
Madison Press article: XOBA rides in on Tuesday

07-21-12
Dayton Daily News article: Capitalizing on bike path on city's agenda

07-20-12
Hello Friends........... Alert: A section of the Ohio to Erie Trail called Roberts Pass (from Maple Street in London to Wilson Road in Madison County) will be seal coated during the week of July 30th. Parts of the section may be closed to the public during that week.

There is still time to get reduced rates during early registration for the Rib Tickler Ride on Saturday, August 4th. Come join the fun during the London Rib and Jazz Fest. Help with the "Public Judging" at the Pie Baking Contest on Friday afternoon, August 3rd and get yourself a delicious piece of pie as you support FMCPT and the Madison County Senior Citizens Center. Or, after you get back from the ride on Saturday and enjoy a great barbecue rib meal, indulge in a cupcake at City Council Chambers following the Cupcake Display and Decorating Contest. As we have said before, this a a popular London community event and we think you will have a good time.

Note below the interesting article about how Gary Heiman, a FMCPT member and resident of West Jefferson, helped to raise funds to fight against Huntington's disease.

07-19-12
Madison Press article: Heiman's adventure

07-14-12
Hello Friends........... Come out and enjoy the London Rib and Jazz Fest on Aug. 3-4.

Participate in, or just enjoy, the Pie Baking Contest Friday afternoon. This will be a fun community event to recognize the baker in your family! More information can be found in the contest rules and it's easy to fill out the registration form.

On Saturday, start the day off with the Rib Tickler Ride. This 30-mile tour is just right to work up your appetite for those delicious ribs! When you return from the ride, just put your bike in the attended secured bike corral and enjoy the festival.

Don't forget to stop over at the Cupcake Display and Decorating Contest and make your donation for one of those award winning cupcakes!

This is a popular London festival so be sure and join the fun!

07-12-12
Madison Press article: Mission campers rebuild rain gardens

07-07-12
Madison Press article: The Ohio Honor Ride passes through London

07-07-12
Sunbury News article: Honor Ride Ohio holds ceremony at OFHM

07-06-12
Hello Friends........... The Rib Tickler Ride kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 4th at 9 a.m.. Plan on riding the 30-mile tour in the morning and then try the delicious barbecued ribs along with a cold beer for lunch as you listen to the live bands. The tour will leave from the Rib and Jazz Fest area at Oak and 2nd Streets in London (maps available online). Parking is available along the city streets, the municipal parking lot east of the courthouse, the Prairie Grass Trailhead, the Senior Center, and elsewhere. An attended secure bike corral will be provided after the tour so you can enjoy the food and entertainment at the festival without worrying about your bike. Discounted prices for early registration are available until July 28th. You can get more information and download a registration form, or register online here.

07-06-12
Madison Press article: Patriotic parade

07-05-12
Madison Press article: The Bronx Bikers - Cycling the Underground Railroad

07-03-12
Hello Friends........... The Full Moon Ride is tonight starting at 8PM at the Prairie Grass Trail Head. We had volunteers on the trail by 5 AM Saturday and again yesterday cutting trees and blowing the trail. The trail is in great shape the full length on the county. Have a great ride tonight!

07-02-12
Dayton Daily News article: Friends of the Little Miami State Park Response to Friday Night's Storm

06-30-12
Toledo Blade article: Honor Ride Ohio sets goal to raise $100,000 for veterans groups

06-24-12
Hello Friends........... If you would like to learn more about wildflowers, come out to help weed the rain gardens at the Prairie Grass Trailhead. A representative will be on hand to guide the volunteers. Dates:

       Tuesday, June 26th 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
       Thursday, June 28th 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
       Saturday, July 14th 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Pre-registration is open for the Rib Tickler Ride on August 4th. This will be a fun 30-mile tour from London to Brighton and back. Then enjoy the food, beer, and entertainment at the London Rib and Jazz Fest! You can sign up online or print out a registration form now and get in on the discounted entrance fee.

06-20-12
Madison Press article: Work to begin on Little Darby crossing

06-18-12
Madison Messenger article: London impresses bike trail mappers

06-16-12
Hello Friends........... July will soon be here. Mark you calendar for the busy holiday week:

July 2: Meet and greet the Honor Ride Ohio cyclists as they travel from Sunbury to Columbus to London on the third day of their ride across Ohio. Click here to learn more about this event.

July 3: The next Full Moon Ride is scheduled at 8 p.m. leaving from the Prairie Grass Trailhead.

July 4: Join FMCPT to cycle in the London Bicentennial Parade. Line-up starts at 10 a.m. and the parade will start promptly at 11 a.m. The line-up will be along and near Park Avenue. Just look for cyclists with bright green shirts and join in! The dedication of the new Bicentennial Park will immediately follow the parade.

06-16-12
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy article: 'Community Built': Stories of Volunteers Creating and Caring For Their Trails (FMCPT is featured on page 16 of this national publication.)

06-15-12
Madison Press article: The prayer cycle

06-14-12
Madison Press article: Plein air painting using a two-wheeled bike

06-13-12
igotabike blog posting: Lodging in London

06-12-12
Madison Press article: Best-ever turnout for Strawberry Festival ride

06-11-12
Cincinnati City Beat article: Cleveland couple rides, maps Ohio-to-Erie Trail

06-10-12
Hello Friends........... Thanks to all who participated in the London Strawberry Festival Bicycle Tour on Saturday. It had the largest number of riders to date, and the volunteer staff received good reviews about the tour from riders.
06-09-12
Columbus Dispatch article: Bike-trail pit stop an invitation to cyclists

06-07-12
Madison Press article: Painting on pedals is coming right along

06-07-12
Madison Press article: MORPC Complete Streets Toolkit now available

06-06-12
Madison Press article: Strawberry Festival BicycleTour Saturday

06-04-12
Hello Friends........... Join us for the Full Moon Ride tonight at 8 p.m. Meet at the Prairie Grass Trailhead behind the senior center.

Although early registration is over for the Strawberry Festival Bicycle Tour, you can still pre-register for the ride online, or just show up on Saturday morning. The arrows have been painted on the roads and the routes have been changed slightly from a few days ago due to bridges being repaired. Maps and directions have been updated online and will be available at the registration table. It looks like it will be an interesting and fun ride.

05-31-12
Madison Press article: Pedals and paint, a fresh look at where we live

05-31-12
igotabike blog posting: Article in The Holmes County Hub

05-24-12
Madison Press article: Visit the gap in the trail

05-24-12
Madison Press article: Local trails join U.S. Bike Route 50

05-23-12
Madison Press article: Park board may 'share the road'

05-23-12
Madison Press article: Trash picked up on trail

05-13-12
Hello Friends........... Please note the West Jefferson Ox Roast Bicycle Tour has been cancelled for 2012. For any questions, please contact the West Jefferson Community Association. If you would like to assist in the planning for the 2013 tour, please contact the association as well.

Green arrows with a number "1" are being painted along the bicycle street routes in London. The #1 stands for the Ohio to Erie Trail, and the arrows are intended to make it a little easier for cyclists to find their way across London between the trails on the east and west sides of the city. Large new display maps are being placed at the ends of the trail on each side of London to encourage cyclists to "visit the GAP in the trail" and take advantage of the amenities throughout the city.

As mentioned in earlier news updates, the FMCPT meeting for May will be this Tuesday, May 15th at 7 pm. The location has been moved to the London Coffee Peddler, at 65-B West High Street.

See the article below called "Memorial bicycle ride scheduled". It's about the Ride of Silence that will take place in Columbus this Wednesday at 7 p.m.. Follow the link in the article for more information about this special ride. For those that would like to carpool with FMCPT to the event, meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Prairie Grass Trailhead behind the Madison County Senior Citzens Center.

05-12-12
Madison Press article: Memorial bicycle ride scheduled

05-08-12
Madison Messenger article: Bike path to become part of coast-to-coast route

05-06-12
Hello Friends........... This is a reminder that the May FMCPT meeting will be rescheduled to Tuesday, May 15th at 7 p.m. so FMCPT directors and members may attended the Ride of Silence in Columbus on Wednesday, May 16th at 7 p.m.. Please join FMCPT and many other central Ohio groups to participate in this special annual event. A carpool will gather at 5:30 p.m. at the Prairie Grass Trailhead behind the Senior Center in London.

The Strawberry Festival Bicycle Tour is scheduled for June 9th. Use this fun Saturday ride to get prepared for GOBA! Check out other local rides on our Events tab.

05-03-12
Madison Press article: Bike trek: The sequel

05-03-12
Complex Magazine article: Ohio to Erie Trail ranked among the 50 Best Bike Trails in America

(Looking for some new trails for your next vacation? Check out the entire article.)

04-26-12
Madison Messenger article: Pedaling in 'Venture to Vegas'

04-23-12
Hello Friends........... Join FMCPT at the Madison County Community Expo 2012 this Saturday, April 28th 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the London Elementary School. We will have an inside exhibit including an informational display with volunteers on hand to answer your questions. A refurbished bicycle will be raffled, and tickets will be available for a new Giant bike to be raffled later in the year. An outside exhibit will include unusual bikes & trikes, and will have volunteers ready to discuss bicyle repair and safety. The Expo is expected to have nearly 1,000 visitors this year.

Please note that the May FMCPT meeting will be rescheduled to Tuesday, May 15th at 7 p.m. so FMCPT directors and members may attended the Ride of Silence in Columbus on Wednesday, May 16th at 7 p.m. Please join FMCPT and many other central Ohio groups to participate in this special annual event. A carpool will gather at 5:30 p.m. at the Prairie Grass Trailhead behind the Senior Center in London.

FMCPT is proud to have one of its directors included in the recent Volunteers feature section in The Madison Press. See the article below how this special person strives to make his community a better place to live.

04-21-12
Madison Press article: Jerry Miller, volunteer extraordinaire with the Friends of Madison County Parks & Trails

04-18-12
Madison Press article: Preserve to get crossing

04-01-12
Columbus Dispatch article: Cyclists, motorists just need to pay heed

03-31-12
Hello Friends........... Please note that activities will be picking up in April:

Friday, April 6th at 7 p.m. will be the first Full-Moon Ride for the season.

Saturday, April 21st, 9 a.m. - noon the London National Honor Society will remove invasive species at the London wetland.

Saturday, April 28th, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. join FMCPT at the Madison County Community Expo.

03-30-12
A Blue Heron is nesting in the marsh area, approximately .3 miles east of the Roberts Pass Trailhead. Check out our photo gallery.

03-29-12
Columbus Dispatch article: Budget neglects Clean Ohio funding

03-29-12
Check out our photo gallery for the Grand Opening of the Camp Chase Trail.

03-27-12
Madison Messenger article: Cutting the ribbon bicycle-style

03-27-12
Hello Friends............... It was a rewarding experience working with the many High School students, local residents, FMCPT volunteers, and project leaders at last Saturday's work day at the Little Darby State Scenic River Preserve. See the article below for pictures and details. If you would like more information about the preserve, click here.

03-27-12
Madison Press article: Battling the invaders

03-22-12
Madison Press article: Preserve the Nature Preserve

03-22-12
Madison Press article: More of the bike trail complete

03-21-12
WBNS 10TV video: Coverage of the Camp Chase Trail Grand Opening

03-21-12
Columbus Dispatch article: Downtown may offer bicycles for rent

03-19-12
WBNS 10TV video: Metro Parks Deputy Director, Larry Peck talks about the Camp Chase Trail Grand Opening

03-18-12
Hello Friends............... As most of you know by now, this Wednesday is the Grand Opening ceremony for the next section of the Ohio to Erie Trail. We hope as many of you as possible can come, and help FMCPT and the Madison County Park District thank Metro Parks for another job well done! (If you have a green FMCPT shirt, please wear it to the ceremony.)

If possible, plan to ride your bike to the ceremony at the canoe access area. The Madison Messenger articles below, and the Metro Parks announcement give detailed instructions about how to get there. If you plan to drive to a trailhead and then ride your bike from there, see the area map as part of the Metro Parks announcement. It shows parking areas along the trail from London to Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park.

If you plan to drive and then walk to the site, there are limited spaces at the canoe access parking lot that may best be used by event speakers, dignitaries, and walking-challenged people. The Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park map on the Metro Parks announcement will show available parking lots and walking trails to the canoe access area.

Hope to see you at the Celebration! Next stop - Galloway!

03-16-12
Madison Messenger article: Off-road from Cincy to Darby Creek

03-16-12
Madison Messenger article: County's bike trail now complete

03-15-12
Columbus Dispatch article: Camp Chase Trail section approved

03-08-12
Hello Friends............... Hope to see you at the opening ceremony for the Camp Chase Trail coming up on March 21st. Join FMCPT in thanking Metro Parks for a fine job!

If you would like to get outdoors for a little exercise, join the Madison County Park District, Madison Soil and Water Conservation District, trained staff members from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, FMCPT volunteers, and others for a few hours on March 24th to start clearing the new Little Darby Scenic River Preserve of invasive species.

To learn more about the preserve, click on our new link in the link banner above: "The Parks". Then click on "Little Darby State Scenic River Preserve".

03-08-12
Madison Press article: Invasive plant species to be removed

03-08-12
Madison Messenger article: Volunteers needed to remove honeysuckle

03-07-12
Madison Press article: Help Preserve the Preserve

02-29-12
Hello Friends............... March 21st will mark an important day for the supporters of the trail across Madison County. Since 1999, the founders of FMCPT have been waiting for this day. It's the official day for declaring the Camp Chase Trail opened. But it's also the day when the Ohio to Erie Trail is officially open across the entire span of Madison County. This is a day to celebrate not only the wonderful asset of the paved trail from the edge of Cincinnati to Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, but also the culmination of many years of work through cooperating relationships with our friends at the Ohio to Erie Trail Fund, the Clark County Park District, the Madison County Metropolitan Park District, the City of London, and the Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District (and many others) to get the trail through Madison County. Join the Friends of Madison County Park District to thank the many people that made this event possible. Mark your calendar and check for details in the announcement from Metro Parks at the "Celebrate the grand opening" link below.

02-28-12
Celebrate the grand opening of the Camp Chase Trail.

02-24-12
Madison Press article: Linkup at the Big Darby

02-16-12
Hello Friends............... Thanks to all of you that braved the "first" winter day last Saturday to come to the pancake breakfast!

For those that came and stuck around to the end, received a glow even warmer than the delicious pancakes and coffee. A young boy about 8 years old named Eli remained with his mom waiting for the announcements of the winners of the raffles and silent auction. As is our custom, we looked around for a child to pull the winning number for the raffles. Eli was the only child left waiting for the big announcements, so he was asked to do the honors. His first task was to select the winner of the refurbished child size bike. He shuffled his hand through the deep raffle ticket jar and pulled out a ticket. His jaw suddenly dropped as he looked up and shouted in amazement: "It's me!" The officials quickly checked the ticket showing his name and were delighted to give their confirmation. Eli's mom said later that he hasn't stopped talking about his "new" bike. We hope we found a new trail rider.

Thanks again to all of you that brought a little warmth on a cold winter day.
Eli draws his own raffle ticket and wins the refurbished child size bike.

02-14-12
Madison Press article: A biker's breakfast

02-13-12
Columbus Messenger article: Camp Chase bike hub receives high priority rating

02-10-12
Hello Friends............... The winter weather forecast is going to make those hotcakes and coffee taste mighty good at the Senior Center in the warm company of your family and friends! (Thanks again to our local Bob Evans Restaurant for donating the delicious sausage patties!) The doors open at 7 a.m. this Saturday at the Madison County Senior Citizens Center in London. Bring your kids, grandkids, and friends for this all you can eat annual fundraiser. There will be a silent auction that includes a wooden bowl made from a fallen tree along the trail by a local craftsman and FMCPT Director, Rodger Lynch. There will be two bike raffles going on during the event. One will be for a lightly used kids size bike with the winning ticket drawn during the breakfast. The other raffle with be for a brand new Giant adult bike with the drawing later in the year. So, put that winter coat on and come out to support the Madison County Senior Citizens Center and the Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails!

01-27-12
Madison Messenger article: Photography on exhibit at London gallery  (Our former FMCPT Board Officer, Bryant Riley, is multi-talented and still giving back to the community.)

01-26-12
Madison Press article: Will lake remain a state park?

01-26-12
Madison Messenger article: Prairie Oaks Park: So much to explore

01-26-12
Columbus Dispatch article: Cyclists tell Columbus to get it in gear

01-26-12
Columbus Outdoor Pursuits: Winter Wonder Series is coming to London for a ride on Saturday, February 4th.

01-24-12
Madison Messenger article: London moves forward on nature preserve

01-24-12
Madison Messenger article: FMCPT honors volunteers for work on the trail

01-20-12
Hello Friends............... Only three more weeks to go until the 7th Annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast!   You'll have an opportunity to participate in a same-day raffle of a good used bike, and to buy tickets for a new Giant bike that will be raffled later in the year (currently on display at the London Coffee Peddler).

To purchase advanced tickets to the breakfast, email fmcpt@columbus.rr.com or contact any of the FMCPT Board Directors.  Prepaid breakfast tickets are a great treat for extended family members or those special friends!

01-20-12
Madison Press article: City to apply for rec grants

01-18-12
Madison Press article: Madison County Metropolitan Park Board meeting

01-17-12
Madison Press article: On the road to the 2016 Olympics

01-17-12
Columbus Dispatch article: Heritage Rail Trail crossings involve fair share of risk

01-08-12
Ohio to Erie Trail Winter Newsletter now available online

01-07-12
Hello Friends............... Hope you are able to get some cycling in during these mild January days!

Come join us for the FMCPT Annual Members meeting on Wednesday, January 18th at 7 p.m. at the Madison County Senior Citizens Center in London. (Enter through the east side doors.) Light refreshments will be available.

Mark you calendar for our 7th Annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast on Saturday, February 11th.

Thanks to those that have sent in your memberships. If you have not gotten to it yet, please do so since we will be updating to our new distribution list soon. It's easy to print off the form from our website and send it in, or just do it online.

01-06-12
Columbus Dispatch article: New Pelotonia route promises fewer hills

01-05-12
Madison Press article: New Year bike ride

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