MOUNT VERNON — Kim Marshall, director of the Knox County Park District, is retiring at the end of the year. She started with the district seven years ago, as of Jan. 1, 2014, and has guided the park district through major expansions, renovations and acquisitions. Those projects include, but are not limited to, the Bat Nest Road Area, Honey Run Highlands Park, Indianfield Bluffs Park, Hellbender Preserve, Thayer Ridge Park, Trinkner Preserve and several Kokosing River access points.
Although excited and proud about several things the Park District has accomplished over the years, Marshall said the paving of the Heart of Ohio Trail is probably at the top of her list.
“If you would have asked me seven years ago if I predicted the Heart of Ohio Trail would be paved from Centerburg into Mount Vernon, I would have said ‘No way.’ These trail projects are complex. The grant money that’s available is highly competitive and I’m thrilled that’s getting done. That project, I think, has taken more of my time than any other projects just because of its scope.”
The acquisition of Honey Run Waterfall, the process of which began before Marshall was involved, is a close second.
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