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New walking path provides easy, safe access to three Indiana communities

The Ohio River Greenway is a 7 1/2-mile path that connects New Albany to Jeffersonville. Communities celebrated the path with food, balloons, and unicorns.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Today people celebrated the Ohio River Greenway by biking and walking on the path. It now connects New Albany to Jeffersonville.

It's a joint effort between three communities: Clarksville, Jeffersonville and New Albany. They all made these improvements a priority. Saturday's event was set up to celebrate the connection of the Greenway via the Silver Creek Bridge. 

"It makes it easy it makes it safe, it's a great way to come enjoy the Ohio River, the scenery and it's a safe place to be," Alicia Meredith, the Parks Director for the City of New Albany, said.

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Bicyclists started at 8 a.m. and rode the 7 1/2 miles, stopping in at stations with food, balloons and in some cases, unicorns. The celebration was the perfect kick-off to summer. 

"I think it's great for the kids to come out with their parents, it's really family oriented. I think it's just a great connection to get from Jeffersonville to New Albany," says Paul Beach, a bicyclist with Southern Indiana Wheelmen.

The path already getting noticed. 

"It's been packed a lot in just the last couple of months, as soon as we have a nice day, there's hundreds of people out there," says Meredith. 

The path isn't completely finished but it is expected to be by the end of the year.

Contact reporter Kristin Goodwillie at KGoodwillie@whas11.com and follow her on Twitter and Facebook  

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