GRANVILLE, OHIO (August 22, 2020) The Licking Park District was joined by Licking County and Madison Township officials on August 6th, to officially dedicate the recently completed Staddens Landing. In addition to providing ease of access for kayaks and canoes, this boat ramp allows emergency personnel access for water rescues. It has been used 6 times for that purpose so far this year. Staddens Landing includes an off-road parking area that was completed in 2016.
Licking Park District Director Richard Waugh described the project as a ‘great collaboration between the Park District, the County and Madison Township to improve the area and enhance recreation opportunities on the Licking River.’ The Park District took advantage of Licking County’s construction of the new Staddens Bridge Road bridge to engage the contractor to construct the boat launch. The Park District constructed a similar launch site at Riverview Reserve on the Licking River in Newark near Don Edwards Park.
Licking County Commissioners Tim Bubb, Rick Black and Duane Flowers noted that ‘the efforts of a great Park District working to enhance local recreation opportunities, combined with the need for safe recreation opportunities close to home during the pandemic, make for a great project.’
Madison Township Trustee Rick Houston noted the Staddens Landing launch also gives his local fire department crews quick access to the Licking River in emergency situations. He also noted the Township and the Park District will be working with the County in the next year or two to enhance river recreational opportunities in the Brownsville Road area, as the Claylick Bridge is slated for replacement.
Licking Park District’s Mission
The mission of the Licking Park District (LPD) is to acquire, manage, preserve, and conserve natural areas within Licking County, while protecting wildlife and local history in a manner that enriches our communities and provides access to diverse parks, educational opportunities, and health and wellness activities. The Licking Park District manages over 1,600 acres of parkland on 12 sites and manages over 46 miles of paved multi-use trails across Licking County. The Licking Park District office, located at Infirmary Mound Park, is easily accessed from Rt. 37. Visit the website www.lickingparkdistrict.com to see all the programs and opportunities your Licking Park District offers or contact us at 740-586-2535.