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Volunteers build boardwalk at Castalia Quarry MetroPark

Andy Ouriel • Oct 14, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Erie MetroParks volunteers want walkers and runners to avoid the mud and remain safe when exercising at Castalia Quarry MetroPark.

To that end, members of the Friends of Erie MetroParks built a boardwalk spanning from the parking lot off Ohio 101 to a nearby trail.

Volunteers built the deck after receiving about $10,400 in grant money. Among the local organizations contributing: the Sandusky Erie County Community Foundation, Mathews Ford, Elks Lodge 285, Townsend Ruritan Club and Lindsley Insurance.

Want to go?

• WHAT: Castalia Quarry MetroPark, an Erie MetroParks venue offering recreational trails and a quarry home to more than 200 species.

• WHERE: 8404 Sandusky Clyde Road (Ohio 101)

• WHEN: Open 8 a.m. to dusk daily AMENITIES: It’s the only Erie MetroParks venue allowing mountain biking on trails.

There’s also an observation platform where people can view Put-in-Bay on a clear day.

Volunteers typically work on one major project each year to enhance Erie MetroParks’ offerings.

The group also constructed the Erie MetroBark Park, the county’s only off-leash dog park.

“They’ve contributed a lot,” Erie MetroParks commissioner Kurt Landefeld said.

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