Three Trumbull park projects wrapping up

By Ed Runyan


Two projects of the Trumbull County MetroParks are expected to wrap up at about the same time this fall, including the 2.1-mile third phase of the Western Reserve Greenway. A third project — a Cortland sled-riding hill — will be used after the first adequate snowfall.

The Greenway project, which runs between Champion Avenue East in Champion and North River Road near the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office in Warren, should be finished by the second week of November.

Most of the dirt-moving is complete, and the paving is planned for the second or third week of October, said Zachary Svette, projects manager for the Trumbull County MetroParks, which operates the Trumbull County portion of the Greenway.

This phase will have more curves — 12 — than any other part of the hike and bike trail in Trumbull County, Svette said. That’s because there were a state highway, wetlands and gas wells to get around, he said.

Also in the next two to three weeks, the MetroParks’ kayaking and canoe ramps at Foster MetroPark in Newton Township and Thomas A. Swift MetroPark in Braceville will be complete.

In both cases, the ramps and other amenities will make it easier for boaters to get their crafts into and out of the water, Svette said.

And third, the sled-riding hill at the Eastlake Metropark in Cortland is complete and will be ready for this winter.

The park is on state Route 46 just north of Lake Vista retirement community. The MetroParks, city of Cortland and Ohio Department of Natural Resources are partners in the project.

Donald Wittman, Cortland Service director, said the city acquired enough dirt from city projects to create a hill that is about 25 feet high and has a variety of slopes of different types, including areas for smaller children. The length of the ride will be between 50 and 100 feet.

In future years, as more dirt becomes available, the size of the hill will increase, Wittman said.

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