TIPP CITY — The new Dr. Paul and Tanya Kroger Legacy Grove at Charleston Falls Preserve was unveiled to the public in a special dedication ceremony on Thursday morning.
Located between the restroom facility and the trail head at the front of the preserve, the new grove serves as a welcome area to the preserve that park district representatives felt was previously lacking from the property.
“We had the restroom and trail head, but there really wasn’t a good connector,” said Park District Executive Director J. Scott Myers. “Adding this walkway to connect them along with some other new components makes the existing elements more visible and welcoming.”
The grove was installed thanks to a generous donation of $100,000 to the Friends of the Park District Fund at the Troy Foundation by Dr. Paul and Tanya Kroger of Troy.
The project concept was conducted by Human Nature, Inc., with engineering overseen by Choice One Engineering of Sidney and construction overseen by Coate Construction, Inc of West Milton. The total cost of the project was $81,901.04.
In addition to the walkway, the area features several new picnic tables, a dozen newly planted trees, a rain garden, and a revamped flagpole.
The new walkway at the grove serves as a recognition area where bricks can be inscribed with a name or short message. Bricks can be purchased for $100 for a 4 x 8” brick or $250 for an 8 x 8” brick.
“The recognition area will allow donors to honor a friend, business, or loved one along the walkway for generations to come, and also provide a habitat for the ever-important pollinators,” said Amanda Smith, marketing administrator for Miami County Park District. “It is a wonderful enhancement to our beautiful park system.”
Recognition bricks can be purchased online at the Troy Foundation website or by completing and returning an order form to the Troy Foundation.
“It is our pleasure and privilege to be able to give back to the park what the park has given to us,” Dr. Kroger said. “The park for us is a place to walk and meditate. It’s a place for Tanya and I in the past and present to discuss our plans. The park has given us more than we could ever give the parks, and we thank the Miami County Park District for everything they’ve done for us.”
“The word ‘legacy’ was a very important word for us,” Myers stated, on the naming of the new grove. “Dr. Kroger and his wife are leaving a wonderful legacy for the community to enjoy. Over 350,000 people visited Charleston Falls last year. That’s a lot of people that’ll be impacted by their gift.”
Located at 2535 Ross Road in Tipp City, Charleston Falls Preserve is the most visited park in the Miami County Parks District, featuring 216 acres of prairies and forest, nearly four miles of trails, a 37-foot waterfall, and limestone caves.
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