October 22, 2014

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Brunswick’s longest trail to be finished

 Snow blows across a completed portion of the Brunswick Lake Trail on the east side of the lake Thursday morning. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Snow blows across a completed portion of the Brunswick Lake Trail on the east side of the lake Thursday morning. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Residents near Brunswick Lake will see work begin later this month on a long-awaited trail project.

The Medina County Park District, which has taken over operations at the Susan B. Hambley Nature Center on Parschen Boulevard, plans to start work at the end of March to extend the trail around Brunswick Lake — connecting it to the nature center trail on a peninsula that extends into the lake.

The improvements will include two extensive wooden boardwalks to carry the trail across a wetland and floodplain area to the north and west side of the trail.

“I’m extremely excited and I know my residents can’t wait,” said Councilman Vince Carl, 2nd Ward, who also serves as the city’s vice mayor. He said residents of his ward have been awaiting completion since at least 2005.

The project will connect the Brunswick Town Center development with housing developments to the south and west of it, parks district Director Tom James said.

“The trail will be a nice addition to the area and we expect it to bring more visitors to the nature center,” James said.

The trail improvements were slated to be completed about 10 years ago by Zaremba and Associates, which was developing the South Lake Subdivision at Brunswick Town Center. But in 2009, Zaremba signed an agreement with the city for the cost of developing the trail and other properties to release it from its obligations.

Brunswick is chipping in $98,625 from money Zaremba paid to complete the trail project and the county park district is paying the remainder of the cost for the $394,000 project.

Carl said the new trails represent a “win-win” for the city and the park district.

“The park district is wanting to do more in this area,” Carl said. “And people here want to know what they get with their park district tax dollars.”

The nature center is the only county park within the Brunswick city limits, Carl said, and he’s glad to see a commitment to working with Brunswick to improve the wooded areas.

“This shows an investment in Brunswick, and when it’s completed, it will be the longest trail in the city,” he said.

Carl said walkers go back and forth along the portion of the trail that is completed. It extends from the south side of the lake up the eastern side to Center Road.

“There are so many people who walk that small stretch. A loop will be really nice,” Carl said.

So far, Zaremba and Associates has paid $150,000 to the city under the agreement for property it didn’t develop near Brunswick Lake. Brunswick Finance Director Todd Fischer said the firm still owes the city $275,590. The next payment of $100,000 is due June 30.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.