Spring Valley Trail Work
Spring Valley, once a community pool and recreational area, is a wooded natural area which has preserved in 2006 as public land in Granville, OH. Donations from several local institutions, residents and organizations helped in securing the conservation easement which is now held by the Licking Land Trust. Located off of Cherry St/Rt 16, Spring Valley adjoins Salt Run Park for a combined area of 97 acres. Salt Run, known for its high salinity count, is a small stream that meanders through the two parks.
With Spring Valley's natural splendor and its extensive history as a central community gathering place, the preserve represents one of the most treasured greenspaces in Granville. In order to ensure the future use of the land, multiple trails have been constructed for public enjoyment.
The Denison University students and Granville Middle School students have been working to help design and construct these trails. For two consecutive years (2007 and 2008), Denison students - including mainly Environmental Studies but also friends from various departments - and Granville Middle School students have set aside one Saturday morning to work together on the Spring Valley paths.
Trail work projects have included clearing paths, building rock bridges, and picking up trash. Paths are cleared by raking leaves, trimming branches, removing small trees, and removing small, herbaceous plants. Rock bridges are constructed by gathering large rocks found in the stream and stacking them in a line across the stream. Although the rocks are easily washed away after a large storm, they offer a natural substitute to expensive and destructive bridge building.