CW formally opens Walnut Creek Trail

Photos courtesy of the city of Canal Winchester
Canal Winchester Mayor Mike Ebert stands prepares to cut the ceremonial ribbon of the new Walnut Creek Trail. Pictured here, from left to right, are: Matt Peoples, city of Canal Winchester; Lucas Haire, city of Canal Winchester; Mark Bockrath, OHM Advisors; Mayor Mike Ebert, city of Canal Winchester; Bob Clark, Canal Winchester City Council; Patrick Shea, newly elected member of Canal Winchester City Council; Anne Herron, OHM Advisors; and Bill Sims, city of Canal Winchester. (Not pictured: Colin Bendickson, Facemeyer Company)


The city of Canal Winchester formally opened the Walnut Creek Trail on Nov. 23 with a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a walk along the trail.

The newly completed trail connector is just one of many projects related to the overall McGill Park development. When complete, the trail will connect McGill Park to the historic Bergstresser Covered Bridge. For now, the Walnut Creek Trail is open from the covered bridge towards McGill Park for approximately three-quarters of a mile. The finished portion of the trail features several benches, two bridges, and plenty of nature-scape.

“We are excited to offer another opportunity for our residents to connect with nature,” said Canal Winchester Mayor Mike Ebert. “When McGill Park opens, residents will be able to walk, run, or bike from the high school to the park using the Walnut Creek Trail. We expect it will get a lot of use.”

The group enjoys a brisk, but sunny, walk along the newly opened Walnut Creek Trail.

Phase I construction of McGill Park continues, with tree plantings, pavement work, and playground equipment being installed. A ribbon cutting ceremony is expected for the park next spring.

The public is invited to begin enjoying the new portion of the Walnut Creek Trail. As with all trails within the city, the path is only open to foot and bike traffic. Motorized vehicles, including ATVs, mopeds, and golf carts, are prohibited. The trail is open daily from dawn to dusk. All visitors are asked to be respectful of the continuing McGill Park construction and avoid entering restricted areas.

For information on McGill Park, visit


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