BIKE TRAIL Supporters plan raffle

The ultimate goal is to create a trail from Lake Erie to the Ohio River.
WARREN -- Supporters of a Trumbull County bike trail are trying to raise $10,000 to continue the paved path through the city.
Friends of the Western Reserve Greenway, a local group working to develop the Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway in Trumbull and Ashtabula counties, plans to raffle a $480 bicycle to raise funds to design the next phase of the project.
The studies will determine the best route from the current southern end of the trail, on Champion Street East in Champion, to Warren's northern border.
It is a necessary step before applying for construction grants, county MetroParks Commissioner Dave Ambrose said.
The first Trumbull County section of the Western Reserve Greenway Trail, from Champion Avenue East in Champion to Hyde-Oakfield Road in Bristol, opened last summer.
An estimated $1 million contract to extend the 8.4-mile path 6.3 miles to the Ashtabula County border is expected to be awarded in July, he said. Federal funds will pay for the work.
Plans call for the trail to connect with paved paths in Ashtabula and Mahoning counties, and eventually become part of a continuous trail from Lake Erie to the Ohio River.
Raffle tickets for the Trek 7200 bicycle, donated by Thumm's Bicycle Shop, are available from the shop, Friends of the Western Reserve Greenway, members of the Greenway's bicycle patrol and Champion Kiwanis.
The winner will be announced July 10.

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