XENIA — The City of Xenia will be dedicated as a Buckeye Trail Town during First Fridays Sept. 5.
The city will also be dedicated as a North Country Trail Town during the same ceremomy.
The dedication will be made by the Mayor Marsha Bayless and Buckeye Trail Association (BTA) Executive Director Andrew Bashaw, with the support of others who are eager to celebrate the City of Xenia as the latest Trail Town in Ohio.
Xenia resident Nan Allen, an avid hiker and advocate for the Buckeye Trail and the North County Trail, spearheaded the efforts to make Xenia a Trail Town. She began meeting with the community because she knew that in order to become a “Trail Town,” Xenia needed to have amenities and businesses that would be of importance to hikers along the trail. She researched the city to see if Xenia had hiker-related retail offerings such as boot repair, pharmacies, book stores, eating establishments and snack food providers as well as public restrooms and camping facilities for hikers. She found Xenia businesses and offerings more than adequate for Trail Town status.
“When a community has a forward-looking vision, everyone benefits,” she said. “It was great meeting others in my community and I experienced first-hand that Xenia lives up to its name as ‘The City of Hospitality’ and now, a Buckeye/North County trail town”
A hike will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the dedication at 6 p.m. at the Bike Plaza, southwest corner of South Detroit and West Third streets. Hikers are asked to assemble at 1443 N. Detroit Street to walk the Buckeye Trail through downtown.