Through great effort and support, Phase 1 of the Oxford Area Trail has been completed. But to reach our ultimate goal, there is still plenty to do!
OXFORD AREA TRAILS MAP
Target Date: 2019
THE MIAMI CONNECTOR
A 1.35 mile paved section connecting US 27 to SR 73 behind Miami's Western Campus. Co-funded by the OKI Regional Council of Governments.
Target Date: TBD
FUTURE SEGMENTS: THE PARK CONNECTORS
Connect Peffer Park to Black Bridge through Oxford Community Park, finishing a fully navigable trail network around the city of Oxford.
Target Date: 2021
SEGMENTS D and B (East): TALAWANDA HIGH SCHOOL CONNECTOR
Connect Peffer Park to Talawanda High School. This section will also pave the crushed gravel section connecting Bonham Rd. to SR 73. Co-funded by the OKI Regional Council of Governments.
A portion of the future trails will be funded by a town levy, which will be voted on in May. The money raised will be used in planning, engineering, construction and maintenance. See below for more information.
This is the latest rendering of the current and future Oxford Area Trails! Use this map as a reference point for the discussion of future segments in this section of the web page.
Involving Oxford in its Future
To get the Trails to be the best they can be, we need your help. Our friends at the OKI Regional Council of Governments have agreed to help fund part the Oxford Area Trails, but the other part is on us. As a community, we can come together to finish these trails, which will benefit the health of our community and, as an added bonus, increase property value. To do so, the city of Oxford voted to impose a levy on its residents, which will match the necessary funding by OKI. Since we, as a community, can match these current grants, then we can apply for even larger grants in the future!
Under this levy, $100,000 homes will contribute $99 per year (just $0.27 a day!) and $200,000 homes will contribute $199 per year (just $0.54 a day!) The money raised will be used in planning, engineering design, construction, and maintenance of the trails; all critical parts of the process. With Phase 1 already completed and Segment C primed for a 2019 completion, the future of the Oxford Area Trails is very bright!
Upon completion, almost 10 of the 12 target miles will be within the city of Oxford. The levy was approved by majority vote on May 8th, 2018.
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Enhanced recreational options for people of all ages, bringing our parks closer
Connected neighborhoods with healthy, active transportation options
Tourism and economic development through expanded visitation and spending
Community amenity and increased property values (studies show proximity to trails significantly raises property values)
What Will the Levy Fund?
Phase 1 = $670,000.00 (COMPLETE)
Segment C = $1,923,485.46
Segment D and B (East) = $2,200,000.00
From Peffer to OCP = $5,250,485.57
From OCP back to Black Bridge = $5,016,512.25
Overall Total for Complete OAT network = $15,060,483.28
Grants already received = $2,700,000.00
Local fundraising = $170,000.00
Amount remaining to be raised = $12,190,483.00
How Will the Trail Be Built?
Grants = $3.5M
Levy dollars toward grant matches = $5.5M
Levy dollars toward local built sections = $1.5M
Local fundraising = $1.5M
Total toward trail construction = $12M
Levy dollars toward Maintenance and Operations = $3M