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Hamilton to honor philanthropist, volunteer Dave Belew

May 2—Biking has been one thing Dave Belew did as a child when his household lived in Falmouth, Kentucky.

It did not cease when he and his household moved to Hamilton when he was a fifth-grader as a result of, as he joked, “my bike came with me.”

“We’ve always enjoyed biking,” he stated of his household, which later included his late spouse, Marge, and children. He ultimately obtained a two-person bike for Marge and himself.

The 3,000 or so miles he is probably ridden on the asphalt of the Great Miami River Trail might earn the previous Beckett Paper Co. president naming rights for the path. But it is due to his work getting the path constructed that Hamilton City Council ― upon request by the Hamilton Community Foundation ― agreed in November to bestow the honorary naming of Hamilton’s part of the Great Miami River Trail, from Joyce Park to Rentschler Forest, the Dave L. Belew Trail.

Those who led the cost to get the naming honor known as Belew “a driving force” in getting the path constructed. He stated that time period could also be “strong,” however doesn’t deny his management and energy.

“I worked hard,” stated the 92-year-old resident at Westover Retirement Community in Hamilton. “We had a lot of hurdles to overcome,” which included many journeys to Columbus.

Belew was chairman of the Hamilton Community Foundation board in 2001 (he served on the board of trustees from 1961 to 1994 and 1995 to 2003), through the fiftieth anniversary 12 months. The path enlargement was one of many six items the muse needed to give to the group.

“We decided we didn’t want a big party,” he stated. “We wanted to do something for the community.”

The six fiftieth anniversary basis items additionally included: the renovation and re-dedication of the Michael J. Colligan Lodge, Lentil Park with a statue on the nook of Front and High streets, the skate park at Joyce Park, the City Entrance on 129, and Foundation Field at Booker T. Washington Center.

The Dave L. Belew Trail as it’s immediately is sort of 10 miles, from Joyce Park to Rentschler Forest MetroPark. In the afternoon on May 10, town will have a good time Belew and the path’s honorary renaming, rain or shine, on the Fitton Center on South Monument Avenue. RSVPs are being requested for attendance, which will be achieved by emailing the muse’s director of Donor Services, Jacob Stone-Welch, at [email protected] by Friday.

“Without Dave’s tireless work, the northern extension of the trail would not exist,” stated Stone-Welch. “Not only did he advocate for the trail to pass through Hamilton since its conception, he also continually led and supported efforts to complete it.”

“It is because of these efforts that Hamilton is a bit more beautiful than it was before,” Stone-Welch stated.

The Dave L. Belew Trail is alongside the Great Miami River Trail, which is greater than 90 miles from Waterworks Park in Fairfield to the rear of Graceland Cemetery in Sidney. The GMRT is a part of the bigger Miami Valley Regional Trail community, which supplies entry to greater than 350 miles of paved trails.

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THE DAVE L. BELEW TRAIL

Key options:

Trailheads: There are six main trailheads alongside the Dave L. Belew Trail, which most are about 2 miles aside. Trailheads have parking, simple path entry, and, in some instances, restrooms.

Trailhead places: From south to north, trailheads embrace Joyce Park (public restroom), Kevin Lodder Park, Fitton Center for Creative Arts & Monument Park, Marcum Park (public restroom), Canal Road, and Rentschler Forest Metropark (public restroom).

Downtown loop: The Fitton Center and Marcum Park trailheads, that are lower than a half-mile aside, provide a street-level path that connects into downtown Hamilton. The street-level path and riverside path join with a ramp at two places, one at Marcum Park and one other simply south of the Fitton Center close to the Columbia Bridge.

Features alongside the path

There are quite a few stops walkers, joggers, runners and bicyclists could make alongside the Dave L. Belew Trail, together with:

⋅ The artwork galleries on the Fitton Center for Creative Arts are free and open to the general public. The facility additionally options loos, handy bike parking out entrance, and air-conditioning on scorching days.

⋅ The Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers Monument is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The monument contains an exhibit on twentieth century American wars, that includes navy uniforms, navy medals and pictures.

⋅ There are quite a few native companies inside a mile of every downtown trailhead.

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