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Let's Close the Gap!

This project is critical to our continued momentum to build the Heartland Trail from Orrville to Clinton.

$248,032 raised

$329,000 goal

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CLOSE THE GAP! Connect Orrville to Clinton

New positive habits and health minded interests have sprung from the challenges of the past two years,resulting in an increase of trail usage across the nation. Often it is the mental and emotional benefits thatare the true incentives for spending time on trails. It’s is up to all of us to make it possible to continue that level of interest, excitement, and pride in our Wayne County rail-trails.

CLOSE THE GAP!Connecting Orrville to Clinton

The next phase of the Heartland Trail project is to close the 1.6-mile gap between Allen Avenue and Forrer Road. The estimated cost of this project is $1,275,793.We received a significant boost with an Ohio Department of Transportation grant, awarded to the City of Orrville. This grant will provide $947,971 of funding for this project. Our “Close the Gap” campaign has raised $163,620 to date. We continue to seek donations to cover the remaining $165,091 to be ready for the anticipated construction beginning in June of 2024.

We are proud to say that the Heartland Trail is receiving state and national attention as part of the state-wide Ohio to Erie Trail and the nation-wide Great American Rail Trail. We will continue to build the Heartland Trail from Marshallville toward Clinton by leveraging local donations with grants and anticipate building the section between Marshallville and Coal Bank Road in 2026.

Thank you for helping us Close the Gap!