GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – A canoe and kayak launch along the Mahoning River in Girard is almost finished being built.
Landscaping has been installed around the launch area and a parking lot is also being built.
It’s located just below the Girard-McDonald Viaduct. The project is 95 percent completed — the boat ramp just needs to be extended now.
“We would have a boat ramp, a canoe launch that is further up the Mahoning than all of the others — Youngstown, Struthers, Lowellville — all the way down to the PA line,” Girard Mayor Jim Melfi. “So we thought it was a great location.”
The project cost more than $85,000. It was covered mostly by grants.
The city got the land back in 2003 after flooding made the state declare it a disaster area.