IT’S A WELL-KNOWN fact that Grove City College boasts a beautiful, well-maintained campus. And it’s only getting lovelier.

In recent weeks, the college--with significant financial contributions from donors--has begun work on its lower campus adjacent to Wolf Creek to create a natural park, fishing area and walking trails for its students and the community to enjoy.

The project has been in the works for a few years. It is an extension of one completed in 2009, in which a walking trail connecting the lower campus to the Grace United Methodist Church parking lot--a shady path frequently traveled by students on their way to the post office--was built.

In the new natural area--which will be located on what used to be an “island” in Wolf Creek, prior to the removal of two dams in recent years--picnic tables, evening lighting and an array of native western Pennsylvania flowers, plants and trees will provide an attractive and peaceful place to enjoy a lunch break or a Saturday afternoon with the family. (And, if you stop across the street in tiny, historical Cunningham Mill Park, you can also learn a lesson in Grove City’s history: The local historical society’s new display features a wheel that helped power the town’s founding father’s mill at that very spot.)

Avid anglers will have easy and safe access to the creek, which is another bonus. Dedicated walking trails and additional evening lighting will make walking safer for those who relish the challenge of walking up--or the easier stroll down--the college’s hill.

The very day Allied News reporter Carol Ann Gregg stopped by the site to take some photos of the work going on, she saw someone taking advantage of the not-yet-finished trails--a foretaste of how well used this area will be.

Grove City residents are blessed to have a variety of outdoor areas to enjoy, from Memorial Park to Hunter Farm Park, to playgrounds scattered throughout the borough to a natural area along Wolf Creek just off North Street... not to mention all those in surrounding townships. This new area, very near downtown, will only enhance the community.

It’s a good sign that the stewards of our community appreciate the beauty and natural history of the area well enough to want to preserve, maintain and share it for public enjoyment.

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