The Rail 66 Country Trail family lost a valued and dear member on January 17, 2021. Mike O’Neill was 70s years young, evident by his tireless and tedious work as a volunteer to identify and map over one hundred under-drains along the Clarion County trail corridor.
A professional engineer by trade, Mike donated his expertise to design drainage improvements and personally man heavy equipment in the repair and construction phases of the trail. He solicited donations from local supply and construction companies for pipe and labor. Mike lead the charge on the ground to make sure that Rail 66 trail was engineered and developed the very best it could be.
For his commitment Mike was awarded Greenways Volunteer of the Year Award in 2018 by the Council of Greenways and Trails. The prestigious award was well earned but does not truly capture the extent of his contributions or Mike’s importance to the success of Rail 66 Country Trail.