Avon seeking grant for multipurpose path

Avon

By Nicole Hennessy

Avon’s multipurpose path project is back on the table.

City officials are working on securing a grant through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Clean Ohio Trails Fund Program to build the path, which would run from SR 254 (Detroit Road) to SR 611
(Colorado Avenue), following the existing high-tension power line route.

The $500,000 grant being sought would offset the estimated $1,200,000 project.

Diane Corrao, director of the city’s Parks and Recreation department, outlined the proposed path more specifically, explaining the path would start on Detroit near Avondale, cross over French Creek and end up just south of I-90.

The end goal would be to link the path to Sprenger Stadium.

“Kids could bike or walk or whatever,” Corrao said, highlighting the potential for alternative ways to and from the stadium.

She also said the path would allow bikers or joggers to better access Veterans Memorial Park.

The path – one of many multipurpose and bike path projects that have been discussed among city
officials – would serve as a first step to linking destinations along Colorado with school facilities along and near Detroit and to nearby residential neighborhoods.

Corrao said until the grant comes through, not much planning can take place, but she expects the path to be asphalt, similar to those found in the Metro Parks.

“It’s my understanding that it is a pretty competitive grant,” she said, cautiously.
Contact Nicole Hennessy at nicohenness@gmail.com

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