Ludlow Connector Trail

Devou Park Backcountry Trail Expansion Project is currently seeking funding for the Ludlow Connector Trail. A connector trail is a trail which connects areas or destinations. Since trail construction began in 2009, the Devou Park Trail Expansion Project has raised and invested $210,000.00 to construct and maintain 12 miles of trails and associated trail gateways in Devou Park, the most miles of new trail in the region. The Devou Park Trail Expansion Project has successfully completed two similar connecter trail projects. The Lewisburg Trail in 2011 and the Full Monty Trail in 2012. Further information on the complete Trail Expansion Plan can be found on our website, devouparktrail.com.

The Ludlow Connector trail will:
. Connect the City of Ludlow with Devou Park. Currently, Ludlow residents are connected to Devou Park East via State Route 1072, which is a very busy road with no shoulders or sidewalks.

. Provide safe, off-road passage for residents of Ludlow, Kentucky, population of 4,407 people. (2010 census)

. Be a great asset to the citizens of Ludlow, Kentucky. Providing safe access to Devou Park East, home to some outstanding park amenities. In addition, the Ludlow Connector Trail will provide safe passage from the east side of Devou Park to the West Side of Devou Park. State Route 1072 bi-sects Devou Park into East and West parcels, referred to locally as Devou Park East and Devou Park West. Currently, there is no safe way to connect Devou Park East with Devou Park West across State Route 1072. The Ludlow Connector trail provides safe, car-less passage for park visitors who wish to cross from Devou Park East to Devou Park West. The Ludlow Connector Trail is the most economical, safe, and efficient means to cross State Route 1072.

The Ludlow Connector Trail, along with the existing Lewisburg Trail and the Full Monty Trail, will complete the planned safe passage route between Devou Park East and West. Together, these trails connect people to the central business district of Covington, Ludlow, and beyond.

The maps on the pages to follow show the Lewisburg Trail and Full Monty Trail locations. The maps also show the other trails completed to date.

About Devou Park Trail Expansion Project:
Devou Park Trail Expansion Project is a multi-year, multi-phase project. The project is a joint effort between the Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance, the Kentucky Mountain Bike Association, and the City of Covington.

In 2003, local natural trail surface advocacy members met with the City of Covington Administration and the Devou Park Advisory Committee to plan the creation of destination-class natural surface trails in Devou Park. In 2009, groundbreaking took place and the construction of trails began. As of December 2014, twelve miles of world-class natural surface trail have been constructed in Devou Park, with more to come.

The Devou Park Trail Expansion Project has been very successful in many aspects. One success aspect has been in designing and constructing alternative route trails to connect neighborhood communities. The Lewisburg Trail, completed in 2010, connects the Lewisburg neighborhood with Devou Park East. Previously, Lewisburg neighborhood residents’ only access to Devou Park East was via Montague Road, a road with no shoulders or sidewalks. The Full Monty Trail, completed in 2012, connects two areas of Devou Park East, which were previously only accessible by a steep narrow road, another road with no shoulders or sidewalks.

For the complete Devou Park Backcountry Trail Expansion Project Plan, visit devouparktrails.com

About Devou Park:
Devou Park is a 703-acre park managed by the City of Covington Administration. William Devou purchased the Eubank house (currently the Behringer-Crawford Museum) and the land in 1848. In 1910, the Devou family gave the land to the City of Covington in memory of their parents. The donation stipulated that the land must be used as a free park to the public.

Ludlow Connector Trail Scope of Work

Trailhead #1: Benny Vastine Trail Parking Area
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Installation of informative kiosk, complete with maps and trail signage.
. Installation of landscaping
. Budget: $2,000-$4,000

Trailhead #2: Swim Club Parking Area
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Installation of informative kiosk, complete with maps and trail signage.
. Installation of landscaping
. Budget: $2,000-$4,000

Natural Surface Trail Tread in between Trailhead #1 and #2
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Trail tread between 4-6′ in width. Average grade appx 3%
. Budget $8,000

Bridge or Stepping Stones
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There is a wide water crossing located near the swim club necessitating either a bridge or large stepping stones, bridge being more expensive than stepping stones
. Budget: Stepping Stones: $7,000 or Bridge $14,000

Trailhead #2 to Sleepy Hollow Road, State Route 1072
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Exit Swim club via swim club driveway
. Left on Adela Avenue. There is a sidewalk on Adela Ave.
. Continue to Deverill St. Currently, there is one (1) stop sign, (at the southwest corner) and no cross walk at the junction of Deverill and Adela. Proposing an additional stop sign at the northeast corner of Deverill and Adela and crosswalk.
. Budget: $3,000

Corner of Deverill St and Adela Ave to Ludlow Ball Fields
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Currently there is a gravel shoulder paralleling Deverill St appx 12′ wide that residents use for parking. No parking to be lost with this proposal. Proposal to add 4-6′ to gravel shoulder and/or physical boundary between parking area and pedestrian path.
. Budget for boundary between parking area and pedestrian path: $3,000
. There is a pedestrian bridge on Deverill Street. This proposal assumes the bridge is in good standing. This proposal does not address any potential bridge issues.

Ludlow Ball fields,
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Installation of informative kiosk and way finding markers for Ludlow Connector trail
. Installation of landscaping
. Budget: $2,000-$4,000

Total Fund raising goal or Ludlow Connector Trail: $27,000-$40,000

The Devou Park Trail Expansion Project is a 501(c)3 project under the Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance, a chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association.