Orange Township Parks, Trails & Greenways Master Plan Implementation
Orange Township, Ohio
The Kleingers Group assisted Orange Township with two new trails as part of the Township’s park system master plan. The original plan was created in 2008 with updates in 2012 based on input received from residents and township priorities. The master plan includes shared use paths that connect various parts of the township as part of a framework plan for general
connectivity corridors. The Kleingers Group assisted with two trails, including Oak Creek Trail and the US 23 Bridge Trail.
The US23 bridge overpass trail was completed last year. The design team worked closely with the bridge engineer to coordinate connections for this $2 million project. The trail at US23 required additional coordination within The Kleingers Group, as private site design and new roadway work was conducted at Graphics Way and Emil’s Way. The Township coordinated with the County, working with funds from MORPC for the remainder of the work. MORPC granted an additional $1 million to reach the $2 million project costs after residents signed petitions and worked with congress in support of a safe means of travel across US23. Other site challenges for both projects included working around existing underground utilities, ditches, and coordinating
locations with the Delaware County Engineer.
Overall, the Master Plan is part of a Parks Tax Levy, used to improve the park system including new construction with trails. The guaranteed money from the Parks Tax Levy helped to solidify various grants that were initially applied for.