Galena Brick Trail reopened at noon October 26, improved with a $286,592 Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant and many local contributions.
The Galena Brick Trail, starting at Dustin Rd. and ending at Holmes St., is a 1/2-mile trail on the old Penn Central Railroad bed. This section of the Ohio to Erie Trail traverses a historic 145-foot-long railroad bridge high over Little Walnut Creek featuring scenic views. A deck, built on the old railroad water tower base, offers a peaceful, wooded picnic location overlooking the Hoover Nature Preserve.
The paved trail continues through Miller Park which features a train themed playground, a gazebo, basketball and volleyball courts, a 0.4-mile paved walking path, picnic facilities, a port-a-potty, and parking. Galena Brick Trail and Miller Park facilities are available free on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors may also enjoy Galena’s downtown restaurants and retail as well as the scenic Hoover Boardwalk.
North of Holmes St., the trail, which runs past the historic site of the Galena Shale Tile and Brick factory, becomes a 0.3-mile grass walking path with future plans to pave the trail and eventually connect it to the Sandel Legacy Trail in Sunbury.
Those helping to make the trail possible include the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Delaware County Commissioners, the Delaware County Economic Development Department, Delaware County Friends of the Trail, the Village of Galena, Preservation Parks of Delaware County, the Ohio to Erie Trail Fund, the Delaware County Foundation, the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, the Sunbury Galena Rotary Club, CT Consulting, the Righter Company, Law Excavating, and all the people who donated to a Go Fund Me campaign.
Information for this story was provided by Jeanna Burrell, Galena Village Administrator.