Path Toward Wellness

. April 30, 2014.

Bicyclists and pedestrians looking for new bike path options will be excited to learn of upcoming expansion plans for a current county trail. The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation recently approved a grant for the Bluffton Lions Foundation to support expansion of the Hancock County portion of the bicycle pathway located in Bluffton. This involves the addition of a .6- mile, 8-foot wide asphalt pathway along the abandoned Norfolk Southern Railroad spur that links the heart of the village to the high traffic business district near the 1-75 exchange. Expected to be completed by October 2014, the bike and pedestrian pathway will provide a safe, scenic and appealing route for residents and visitors to travel. According to Dick Ramseyer, president of the Bluffton Lions Foundation and chair of the Bluffton Pathway Board, “Trails and greenways make our communities more livable, improve the economy through tourism and civic improvement, preserve and restore open space, and provide opportunities for physical activity to improve fitness and mental health.“