September 30, 2014

Medina
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Lakefront strolls now aided by bridges in Brunswick

This is one of two new bridges crossing Brunswick Lake. The bridges, which connect a trail around the lake, opened Saturday. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

This is one of two new bridges crossing Brunswick Lake. The bridges, which connect a trail around the lake, opened Saturday. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Two bridges connecting a trail around Brunswick Lake opened Saturday to walkers, bikers, joggers and their pets.

The trail also connects to the Medina County Park District’s loop at the Susan B. Hambley Nature Center.

Plans to construct a trail connecting residential areas with Brunswick Town Center and other retail plazas on Center Road were put on hold more than 10 years ago by Zaremba and Associates, which was developing the South Lake Subdivision at Brunswick Town Center.

In 2009, Zaremba signed an agreement with the city for the cost of developing the trail and other properties to release it from its development obligations. Brunswick has chipped in $98,625 from money Zaremba paid to complete the trail project and the county park district paid the remainder of the project’s $394,000 cost.

On Wednesday, Brunswick Parks and Recreation Director John Piepsny said the city has money from Giant Eagle to plant trees along the lake to partially hide the nearby supermarket from view, but wanted to wait for trail and bridge work to be completed first.

Piepsny also said the city plans to install a small boat ramp for kayaks and other small, nonmotorized boats.

“We had a lot of people out here this past weekend using the trail and the lake,” he said. “We’re hoping completion of the project brings more people out here.”