LISBON — The Columbiana County Park District will kick off this year’s summer schedule with a spring cleanup April 26, but first they’ll commemorate Earth Day on April 22 by remembering a friend of the park.
A memorial tree planting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. in honor of the late Jerry Ingledue. The planting will take place on ground he had maintained at Scenic Vista Park on Wayne Bridge Road outside Lisbon since Sept. 15, 1996, his first day on the job. The longtime maintenance man for the park district resigned effective Dec. 31 due to illness. He died on Jan. 21.
He was described as very dedicated by park board secretary Marie Cox.
Dedicated hands armed with shovels, brooms, nippers and other tools will be needed for the spring cleanup from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 26 on the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail, which stretches from Leetonia to Lisbon. Volunteers interested in working should show up at the Teegarden Road parking lot.
Park District Program Coordinator Joetta Hale stressed the need for volunteers that day and throughout the year to help maintain the trail or help with fund-raising activities. Anyone interested in joining the volunteer group known as Friends of the Park can contact the park office at 130 Maple St., Lisbon, or call 330-424-9078. Girl Scout Troop 58 has already pledged to work during the cleanup days, both in the spring and the fall session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25.
This year’s schedule doesn’t include a civil war re-enactment, but it does include many popular free programs from the past which focus on nature, the stars and music. Camp Fire USA will operate the concessions. Plans had originally been calling for a civil war event this year, but it didn’t work out.
An event is tentatively scheduled for May 2009, with Jim Duvall of the 61st Ohio Company D unit given permission to organize the weekend re-enactment and hold it at Scenic Vista Park, at no expense to the park district.
Hale said this year’s schedule and list of sponsors is on the park district Web site at www.bicycletrail.com. She suggested that people look at the Web site before an event to see any updated programming information. They’re also in the process of adding a page to the Web site to include information about the park board and other park personnel.
“We’re just trying to get more interest in the park,” she said. “We’re so blessed to have that bike trail and the park itself.”
One of the big events on the schedule is the benefit walk/ride set from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. July 13 on the bike trail. Participants will be asked to contribute $5 to help cover maintenance costs for the trail. A T-shirt will also be available for purchase for $10, with water and snacks provided.
Hale said she’s looking for more sponsors for the T-shirts or food and for donations for a Chinese auction to be set up at the Lisbon trailhead on state Route 164, which is one of the starting points. Other starting points will be set at Trailhead 558 in Franklin Square and the Washington Street trailhead in Leetonia. For more information, call the park office or call Hale at 330-271-9124.