Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails

Photo Gallery

Looking Back

These pages include various photos of our trail construction activities and other events of interest. We are proud of our large collection of photos from the very beginnings of our work, that help to document the history of trail development.

The majority of these photos were taken by two of our founding members, Wayne Roberts and Gene Pass.

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Blue Herons on Roberts Pass

The Blue Herons are multiplying in great numbers! We have received some very nice photographs, and will continue to post them as they are received.


2013 FMCPT Fall Ride: Pittsburg, PA to Washington, DC

In 2013 the FMCPT fall ride covered over 334 miles in 6 days on the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Trail from Pittsburg, PA to Washington, DC.


Prairie Appreciation Ride - 2013

This annual educational bike ride was started eight years ago by botanist and prairie enthusiast, Jack McDowell. This year's ride was co-led by Julia Cumming, Program Administrator with Madison Soil and Water Conservation District, Hope Miller who was interning with the district, and John Silvius - professor emeritus of biology at Cedarville University.


London rated Best Trail Town by Ohio to Erie Trail hiker - May 2013

Andy Niekamp, aka "Captain Blue" visited London in the Spring of 2013 during his 20-day hike of the entire Ohio to Erie Trail.


Tom Recktenwalt Memorial Page - December 2012

Tom Recktenwalt, founding web master of the Miami Valley RailTrails website, was also a coach and mentor in the creation of the fmcpt website.


2012 FMCPT Fall Ride: The Ohio to Erie Trail from Cincinnati to Cleveland

Thirteen members from FMCPT took a 341-mile, four and a half day ride across the state on the Ohio to Erie Trail. The ride began at Sawyer Point in Cincinnati, where they dipped their rear wheels in the waters of the Ohio River, and ended at Edgewater Park in Cleveland, where they rolled their front wheels into Lake Erie.


Jack McDowell Memorial Page

The Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails have lost a dear friend with the passing of Jack McDowell, on Friday July 20th, 2012.


Trailhead Display Cases / Downtown London Bike Route - 2012

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. In addition, 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.


Camp Chase Trail Grand Opening - March 2012

The final segment of the Camp Chase Trail through Madison County to the Battelle-Darby Creek Metro Park was officially opened on a beautiful Spring day in March.


Pancake & Sausage Breakfast 2012

Thanks to all of you that braved a frigid winter day to come to our 7th Annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast!


New Year Ride 2012

Despite the windy weather, we had ten hearty souls that came for the 2012 New Year Ride.


Dedication of Ed Honton Bridge

The opening ceremony of the Alum Creek Trail section of The Ohio to Erie Trail (from Innis Park to Sunbury Rd.) took place on Friday, July 15, 2011.   During the ceremony, historic Bridgeview Bridge was dedicated in memory of Ed Honton, founder of the Ohio to Erie Trail.


London to Brighton Bicentennial Bike Tour / 4th of July Parade

Our first London to Brighton Bike Tour was a success, and we had some suprise participants in the 4th of July Parade!   (You can also view an excellent photo gallery of the London to Brighton Bicentennial Bicycle Tour on the Madison County Convention & Visitor's Bureau Facebook page!)


GOBA - The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure

During our Bicentennial celebration in 2011, GOBA scheduled a 2-day layover in London.   (You can also view an excellent GOBA photo gallery on the Madison County Convention & Visitor's Bureau Facebook page!)


Matt Pritchard Eagle Scout project

In May of 2011, Life Scout Matt Pritchard began his Eagle Scout project of cleaning up the future site for the London Nature Preserve and Wetlands.


Family Fun Bike Fest 2011

Our second Family Fun Bike Fest took place on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at the London Baptist Church shelter house, on state Route 665, near the Roberts Pass trail head. Activities included a bike rodeo, trail ride, lessons on bicycle repair and safety, and games.


London Nature Preserve

Documentary of the planning and construction stages of the future London Nature Preserve. Construction has been completed on the first phase - the new Roberts Pass Trailhead on the east side of London. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Thursday, October 28, 2010.


Family Fun Bike Fest 2010

Our first Family Fun Bike Fest took place on Saturday, August 21, 2010 at the London Baptist Church shelter house, on state Route 665, near the Roberts Pass trail head. Activities included a bike rodeo, trail ride/scavenger hunt, displays of antique and unusual bikes, lessons on bicycle repair and safety, games, and the raffle of a Giant Cypress hybrid bike.


London Bicycle Rack

The Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails installed a bicycle rack sculpture at the Prairie Grass Trailhead on June 30, 2010. The letters were designed and fabricated by the welding class at Tolles Career & Technical Center, with teacher Bill Pencil.


Wilson Rd Trailhead

The parking area at the Wilson Rd trailhead was paved in November 2009. FMCPT members repositioned and upgraded the car stops donated by Tim Wilson and the United Methodist Church.


Milford Ride - 2009

On Friday, September 18, 2009, FMCPT members completed the 4th Annual Milford Ride. After an overnight stay in Xenia, the group completed a "Century Ride" to Milford and back on Saturday, and returned to London on Sunday.


Randy Baker Memorial Ceremony

A Memorial Dedication Ceremony to honor long time FMCPT member Randy Baker took place on Saturday, June 18, 2009.


Bill Young Memorial Ceremony

On Saturday, May 23, 2009, a Memorial Dedication Ceremony took place to honor FMCPT Board Member Bill Young for his many years of service for the Ohio to Erie Trail and our community.

Bill helped cut through the initial trail in Madison County, as well as raise funds and community awareness of the linear park. Bill was a Trail Sentinel and spent many hours helping to keep the trail safe and secure. Bill was also a co-owner of Young's Cyclery in London which supported many cyclists in the area.


Camp Chase Rail Trail

A documentary of construction on the segment of the trail from the Wilson Road terminus in Madison County to the Battelle-Darby Creek Metro Park in Georgesville, and on to Columbus.


Bill Young Memorial Page

The Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails lost another dear friend with the passing of Bill Young on Saturday, November 1, 2008. Bill suffered a fatal heart attack along the Prairie Grass Trail just outside of London, while doing what he loved – cycling.


Milford Ride - 2008

On Friday, September 12, 2008, FMCPT members embarked on a weekend ride to Cincinnati. After an overnight stay in Xenia, the group completed a "Century Ride" to Milford and back on Saturday, and returned to London on Sunday.


Prairie Grass Trailhead - Parking Expansion Project

26 additional parking spaces were added to the Prairie Grass Trailhead in 2008


Memorial Dedication

A Memorial Dedication for Richard McKenzie and Stacy Taylor-Meredith took place on Saturday May 24, 2008 at the Senior Center trailhead.


Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

Our 3rd Annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast took place on Saturday, February 23, 2008 at the Madison County Senior Center in London.


Roberts Pass Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Paving was completed on the Maple Street to Wilson Road segment of the Ohio to Erie Trail, and a ribbon cutting ceremony took place on December 1, 2007.


Roberts Pass Paving

Documentary of construction of the final phase of the "Roberts Pass" segment of the Ohio to Erie Trail from Maple Street to Wilson Road. Construction began in October 2004, and paving was completed in the Fall of 2007.


Jacob Williams Eagle Scout Project

An Eagle Scout Project by Jacob Williams and Boy Scout Troop 104 - June 2007


Richard McKenzie Memorial Page

The Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails have lost a dear friend with the passing of Richard McKenzie, Friday evening, June 8th, 2007, after fighting a battle with Congestive Heart Failure.


Milford Ride

On September 9, 2006, FMCPT members embarked on a weekend ride to Cincinnati, to attend the Junction Trail Festival in Milford, Ohio. After an overnight stay at Kings Island, the group completed their 106-mile round trip back to the London trailhead.


Before and After

An interesting collection of photos taken before, during and after construction of various segments of the Prairie Grass Trail - March 2006


Matt Grigsby Eagle Scout Project

An Eagle Scout Project by Matt Grigsby and Boy Scout Troop 102 - December 2005


Sean Deaver Eagle Scout Project

An Eagle Scout Project by Sean Deaver and Boy Scout Troop 104 - November 2005


Maple Street Landscaping Project

Maple Street Landscaping Project began in August, and completed in October 2005


Trail Sentinel Program

A documentary of the develop of the program, along with ongoing activities - September 2005


Roberts Pass Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Maple Street to Wilson Road segment of the Ohio to Erie Trail was completed with a limestone base, and a ribbon cutting ceremony took place on July 2, 2005


D.A.R.E. Ride on the Prairie Grass Trail

The first annual DARE To Care family bicycle ride took place on May 29, 2005


Prairie Restoration Project

Jack McDowell, a land management coordinator for Franklin County Metro Parks, has identified and prioritized areas along the trail corridor where clearing and grubbing should take place to remove overgrowth, poison ivy and other invasive species. This will give some of the rare and endangered prairie plants a chance to regenerate themselves. This ongoing project began on 2-19-05.


Buckleys Photo Display

FMCPT members display photographs taken on the Prairie Grass Trail - January 2005


Maple Street to Wilson Road

Documentary of construction of the final phase of the "Roberts Pass" segment of the Prairie Grass Trail. Construction began in October 2004, and paving was completed in the Fall of 2007.


Wildflowers on the Prairie Grass Trail

Photographs of the unique native prairie grasses and wildflowers taken on the Prairie Grass Trail - August 2004


Bird Sightings on the Prairie Grass Trail

FMCPT members Alan Knowles and Don Burton recorded observations of over 30 species of birds on the trail between London and South Charleston - July 2004


Prairie Grass Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The London to South Charleston segment of the Ohio to Erie Trail opened on June 26, 2004


McKenzie Bridge

Documentary of construction of the footbridge at the Senior Center Trailhead, completed by FMCPT members in May 2004


Prairie Grass Trailhead

Documentary of construction of the trailhead shelter, along with ongoing activities. Construction began in April 2004. (Madison County Senior Center - 280 West High Street in London)


South Charleston to Midway Street

Documentary of FMCPT activities on the Prairie Grass Trail, beginning in 2002


Midway Street to Maple Street

Documentary of FMCPT activities along the Downtown London Corridor, beginning in 2000


Maple Street to Spring Valley Road

Documentary of FMCPT activities from Downtown London heading east, beginning in 2000


Spring Valley Road to Glade Run Road

Documentary of FMCPT activities from Spring Valley to Glade Run, beginning in 2002, including removal of the legendary Deer Creek Bridge Cabin


Glade Run Road to Wilson Road

Documentary of FMCPT activities from Glade Run to Wilson, beginning in 2000


Cedarville to South Charleston

Documentary of construction and ribbon cutting along the Prairie Grass Trail between Cedarville and South Charleston


Strawberry Festival Bike Tour

Documentary of the annual London Strawberry Festival Bike Tour. Life Scout Chris Slagle of Boy Scout Troop 104 organized this tour in 2002 as his Eagle Scout Project.

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Community Activities

Documentary of FMCPT involvement in the community, beginning in 2001


Annual Public Auction

Documentary of each FMCPT Annual Public Auction, beginning in 2003

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GOBA - The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure

The City of London has become a frequent destination for GOBA, hosting an overnight stay for over 2500 cyclists in 2002 and 2006. During our Bicentennial celebration in 2011, GOBA scheduled a 2-day layover in London.


XOBA - The Across Ohio Bicycle Adventure

In 2001, XOBA passed through London. Five Madison County residents were among the 200 riders that traveled by bicycle from the shores of Lake Erie to the Ohio River


MS150 - Bikin' to the Beast Tour

In 2001 and 2002, the MS 150 Bike Tour started and finished in London. This tour is a charitable fund raiser conducted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.


Ox Roast Bicycle Tour

West Jefferson event visits London area in 2001.


FMCPT member Rodger Lynch completes "Big Ride Across America"

In 2000, Rodger pedaled 3250 miles in 48 days, and raised over $15,000 for the American Lung Association.


Telluride, Colorado to Moab, Utah

FMCPT members Deb and Dan O'Kelly take a self-guided mountain bike tour from Telluride, Colorado to Moab, Utah in the summer of 2001.


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