CLAYTON — A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Sunday at 11 a.m. to dedicate the recently completed National Trail multiuse path along National Road in the City of Clayton.
The event was held in the Village of North Clayton in conjunction with an Oktoberfest and a ‘Pink Out the Market’ event to benefit the Pink Ribbon Girls at the Northmont Community Market. Activities included a 5K walk/run at 10 a.m., a beer garden and music from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and an Open House at the Kleptz YMCA from 1 to 5 p.m. featuring activities for kids and tours for families.
This was also the final Sunday of operation for the Community Market, which featured 20 vendors as well as a Mobile Boutique Rally.
“We want to thank you for coming out to celebrate the dedication of the National Trail path with us and to support the Community Market and the Pink Ribbon Girls,” said Clayton Mayor Joyce Deitering, who delivered the opening welcome.
She acknowledged city council members and explained how the name ‘National Trail Path’ came to be chosen.
“Obviously, it derives from its proximity to the old National Road here,” she said. “The National Road was a federal project that was authorized by President Thomas Jefferson in 1806, because when Ohio became a state in 1803 it became clear that there was no simple way to get to the vast lands out west.”
She went on to explain how most of the trails in those days were primitive Indian trails or old military trails from the French and Indian War.
“The National Road has played a major role in the westward expansion of our country and in the nation’s economy and it was one of the first macadam roads to westward frontier,” Deitering noted. “Some say it actually played a role in the country’s manifest destiny, so we thought it would appropriate to have such an important namesake for our new multiuse path, which is intended not only as a safe means for students to walk to and from school and the YMCA, but also a path that will benefit our residents for exercise to improve their health and also as an added amenity to our community which we hope will inspire some economic development.”
Deitering introduced the city’s partners in developing the path – the Kleptz YMCA and Northmont City Schools. Charlotte Golden, senior director of the YMCA and Northmont Superintendent Tony Thomas also delivered speeches about the importance of the trail and its long-term benefit to the community.
State Representatives Mike Henne and Jeff Rezabek were also in attendance as well as County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman, a longtime Clayton resident.
“I drive down this road almost every day, so I was real excited about this project,” said State Rep. Mike Henne. “This is a great example of good leadership. The local people have been asking for this for a long time and the city has stepped up with City Manager Rick Rose leading the charge with the support of his council to get this done. The state helped a little bit but it was the local leadership that really did this. Jeff Rezabek and I are real excited to come here to congratulate everybody on this project.”
Henne and Rezabek presented Mayor Deitering with a commendation from the state signed by the speaker of the house as well Henne and Rezabek.