A Licking River Greenway Impact Analysis undertaken by the Northern Kentucky University Center for Economic Analysis and Development finds that investment in the project will lead to job creation, increased tax revenue and addition economic activity. Read the full report here.
The Licking River Master Plan, commissioned by Vision 2015 in 2008, proposes to establish a continuous green corridor in the Licking River valley adjacent to the communities of Newport, Covington, Wilder, and Taylor Mill, Kentucky. The Greenway plan calls for the stabilization of the riverbanks, the removal of invasive species and the restoration of native plants, trees, and wildlife in the riparian corridor. In addition to the Greenway, the 5-mile corridor, between the confluence with the Ohio River and the I-275 overpass, includes plans for establishing a multi-level trail system that connects neighborhoods with historical, educational, and cultural institutions and recreational facilities. The proposed trail system provides for nature trails, paved trails and water trails.
The Nature Trail
This trail is intended for use by walkers, joggers, and mountain bikers. The initial segment of the trail is in place and trained Trail Stewards assist with the organization and supervision of volunteers to help prune the existing trail, clear invasive species, remove debris, and establish a rest area with bike racks and picnic tables. The City of Covington supports the project with financial and professional resources to assist the Trail Stewards and community volunteers. The pervious surface trail will run between the levee passageway at 16th Street and the levee terminus at Oakland Avenue. The City of Covington has already cleared debris from the trail and sponsored an event for children with mountain bikes.
Currently, there is a portion of trail opened in Covington. The trail begins directly behind Holmes High School, at the corner of Levassor and Eastern Ave. This portion of trail stretches to 16th street. Make sure to notice the murals completed by ArtWorks along this portion of the trail!
The Multi-Use Paved Trail
This recreational trail is intended for use by pedestrians, joggers, strollers, skaters, skate boarders, cyclists, and other non-motorized vehicles. The City of Covington has prepared a plan to pave 3,756 linear feet, just short of 1 mile. The initial phase of the trail will be 8 feet wide and will utilize a combination of asphalt and dense grade aggregate. This trail segment will begin at Clayton-Meyer Park, ascend the levee for the Licking River, follow the levee capitalizing on the scenic views it provides, then descend along the riverbank where it will convene with the nature trail and provide and end at Holmes High School.
Get Your Hands Dirty
Contact the Covington Parks and Recreation Department for more details. firstname.lastname@example.org
Vision 2015 and the City of Covington have partnered with ArtWorks to paint murals on the gatewell structures along the trails between Holmes High School and 16th Street. Eight murals will be completed before the end of the summer. All of the mural designs are themed “connectivity” and feature a variety of images from nature to rowers.