State’s largest rock-climbing park set to open in Clark County

The largest rock-climbing area in the state will open Sunday in Clark County but first the natural attraction must be cleaned up.

The Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve will be a 100-acre property that consists of trails, climbing cliffs and the Mad River. Much of the land was covered with garbage as it had been used as an illegal dumping ground for years.

“We are getting ready for a big weekend. We’ve got an anticipated 200 to 300 volunteers coming out (Saturday),” said Carol Kennard, executive director of the Clark County Combined Park District.

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The district received an $800,000 Clean Ohio Conservation Fund Grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission to purchase the land for the state’s largest rock climbing park.

Half of the money will be used for the acquisition, Kennard said, and the other half for the cleanup.