The Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation has received a $175,000 gift from the John & Joanne Beeghly Family for the refurbishment of the primitive trail system surrounding Lake Newport. The gift will be utilized for trail restoration and enhancements at the trailheads. The funding supports a $250,000 capital improvement project for the primitive trails known as the Newport Loop. All funding for this project will be provided by donations.
The project will see the installation of new drainage systems along the trails, surface improvements, as well as erosion control. The work will also address improvements to existing retaining walls, borders, and stone steps, much of which were constructed by the WPA during the 1930s.
Chris Litton, Director of Development for Mill Creek MetroParks said, “The John & Joanne Beeghly Family have been friends and supporters of the MetroParks for many years. Their philanthropic reach has touched every corner of the MetroParks system, and we are profoundly grateful for their continued support of our mission. This latest gift will help to ensure that our trail system continues to be an essential part of recreation at the MetroParks for generations to come.”
The Newport Loop Trail Restoration is part of a $20 million comprehensive campaign launched by the Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation to add $10 million in donated funding towards capital improvements in Mill Creek MetroParks and $10 million towards endowments for the long-term care and preservation of the MetroParks.
Individuals interested in contributing to the trail restoration fund at the MetroParks should contact Chris Litton, Director of Development at 330.702.3000 ext. 118.