Two trail projects in Summit County were among a dozen winners named Thursday night by the Greater Cleveland Trails & Greenways Conference.
The winners were Richfield’s Carter-Pedigo Trail StoryWalk and volunteers from the Cleveland Sight Center who pedal tandem bicycles with blind riders on the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
The awards were announced in ceremonies in Mayfield Village.
In Richfield, children walk a trail near the Richfield Branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Children’s picture books are laminated and displayed on posts.
It was hailed as a program that gets children outdoors and promotes literacy and exercise.
The 1.25-mile story trail that opened in April 2013 is a joint venture between the village of Richfield and the library.
The tandem bike program runs once a month from April through September in the federal park at the Hunt House off Bolanz Road in Cuyahoga Falls.
Typically, two Cleveland Sight Centers staffers are joined by up to 10 volunteers for Towpath Trail rides that get 60 teens and adults outdoors and also provides exercise.
The program that began in 1990 is one of only a handful of this type in the United States.
Other projects winning awards included: the Scranton Road Towpath Trail in The Flats area of Cleveland; pedestrian tunnels along Cleveland’s West Shoreway to boost access to Edgewater Park and Lake Erie; and The Bike Rack, a new Cleveland-backed facility where commuting bicyclists can safely store their bikes during the work day and can shower.
Other projects included a program by the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op in which youth can earn bicycles; the Cleveland Heights Bicycle Coalition and its after-school bike clubs for youngsters; and Slow Roll Cleveland, a grassroots group that promotes group bicycling.
A total of 31 entries were submitted from Summit, Cuyahoga, Lake and Lorain counties.
For more information, go to www.gctrails.org.