June 30, 2016

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Grant clears path for new trail

A federal grant will help clear the path for a 1.4-mile trail to connect Lake Medina and Reagan Park in Medina.

On Friday, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency approved about $590,000 in federal funding to go to the
$750,000 project, which is being taken on by Medina and the Medina County Park District.

It was one of 17 projects the agency’s governing board approved for about $9.1 million in federal Transportation Enhancement funding. NOACA handles transportation and environmental planning for five counties: Medina, Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain and Geauga.

Medina Parks Director Tim Swanson said the project will allow bikers, walkers and joggers to go from Lake Medina, which is in Medina Township, into the center of Medina.

“That’s the advantage. Walkers, bikers and joggers in Medina have a multipurpose path they can get around on,” he said.

The trail will start at the state Route 18 entrance to Lake Medina and go around the lake, following the Rocky River up to Weymouth Road. It will cross over Weymouth and eventually hook up with a trail just off Reagan Parkway.

Medina and the county Park District are sharing responsibility for $165,000 of the project’s cost not covered by the grant.

Swanson said that because less than half of the trail is within the city, it will have a smaller responsibility. The city’s share is about $31,000.

The Park District’s share would be about $134,000. Park District Director Tom James was not available for comment Friday but said earlier this year he was excited about the project.

Swanson said it’s unclear exactly when the project will start, since a lot of the plans have to be cleared with the Ohio Department of Transportation.

“It’s not because we want to prolong it. It’s just because how things work out with these kinds of projects,” he said, adding the project could start in 2011 or 2012.

Contact Maria Kacik Kula at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@medina-gazette.com.