June 25, 2016

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Medina council OKs funds to extend multi-use trail

MEDINA — City Council voted this week to spend $68,517 to extend the Roscoe-Ewing Multi-Use Trail along Champion Creek.

Most of the project’s $657,655 cost is covered by two grants, Ward 3 Councilman Mark Kolesar said.

The grants, one from Clean Ohio Trails and the other from Ohio Recreational Trails, constitute $589,138 toward the project, City Engineer Patrick Patton said. The city applied for the grants in July, he said.

“I’m excited to be moving forward on this project,” Kolesar said Wednesday.

The project is in the design phase, with construction set to begin midsummer and be finished in spring 2012, Patton said.

The trail will begin at Roscoe-Ewing Park off Guilford Boulevard on the city’s east side. When complete, the Roscoe-Ewing Multi-Purpose Trail will extend to South Broadway Street. It will run through Nichols Park and along Springbrook Drive before turning back toward Champion Creek, he said.

Extending the multipurpose trail was recommended in the Smith Road/Champion Creek redevelopment study that analyzed ways to connect Public Square to outlying neighborhoods.

At 10 feet wide, the asphalt trail is meant to be used for nonmotorized traffic — walking, bicycling and skating, Patton said.

The city’s portion of covering the trail will come from a FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. grant, Kolesar said. Last July, the city agreed to enter into an aggregate contract with FirstEnergy for nine years. As part of the agreement, the city is expected to receive a one-time grant of up to $186,900.

Another city project in the works in conjunction with the Medina County Park District will give area residents another multipurpose trail.

The $750,000 project entails building a 1.4-mile trail connecting Lake Medina in Medina Township and East Reagan Parkway in the city. The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency approved about $590,000 in federal funding for the project. The city’s share is $31,000. The remaining funds will come from the Medina County Park District.

“The trails are very popular. This has been on the wish list for a long time,” Patton said. “It will be nice to get this done.”

Contact Lisa Hlavinka at (330) 721-4048 or lhlavinka@medina-gazette.com.