Atwood Lake trail planning meeting scheduled June 4

May 29, 2012

The development of a multi-purpose trail master plan at Atwood Lake will be the subject of a public meeting scheduled June 4 (Monday) at 7 p.m. in the Lighthouse Bistro restaurant located at Atwood Lake Boats West at 9298 Atwood Lake Rd. NE, Mineral City.


Trail and greenway planning experts from Environmental Design Group will be joined at the meeting by Dan Rice, executive director of the Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition, and staff from the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD).


Public input is being sought for the project and members of the public and Atwood Lake area residents and users are encouraged to attend the meeting. For more details, contact Nick Lautzenheiser at the MWCD at (330) 343-6647 Ext. 2256, or via e-mail at


The Atwood Lake Trail plan is being funded through a grant from the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy Foundation, Inc. (MWCF).


The MWCF is a publicly supported charitable organization initially organized in 1996 that is dedicated to supporting the mission of the MWCD. While the MWCF is completely independent from the MWCD, with its own Board of Trustees, it has developed charitable funds that support improvements and programs on and around MWCD facilities.


Some of the projects it has funded or assisted in funding include development of a dog park at Atwood Lake Park, a new ranger cruiser at Charles Mill Lake Park, play equipment at various locations, safety and response equipment for a ranger cruiser at Pleasant Hill Lake Park, courtesy boat docks at Tappan Lake, an oil tank for FFA Camp Muskingum located at Leesville Lake, automated external defibrillator (AED) devices at many MWCD facilities, a weather warning system for the Seneca Lake Park region and ice rescue equipment for the Village of Carrollton. Since 2008, approximately $100,000 has been awarded by the MWCF for projects.


Several charitable funds have been established to assist with specific projects or lake locations, or for general projects and improvements at specific lakes. For more details about the foundation, visit


The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the 16 reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving nearly $10 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to

the federal government, as well as providing popular recreational opportunities that bolster the region’s economy. A significant portion of the reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).


For more information about the MWCD, visit and follow the MWCD on Facebook and Twitter.


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