Beacon Journal staff

Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will break ground Tuesday on the new Freedom Trail from Akron through Tallmadge to Kent.


The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at East Avenue and Erie Road.


The park district has awarded a $1,137,440 contract to Kenmore Construction Co. of Akron for the first leg of the trail, which will run along an old rail line for 4.25 miles from Middlebury Road at the Kent-Tallmadge border to Southwest Avenue in Tallmadge.


The project calls for one bridge, six street crossings and some retaining walls. That work is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 15.


Plans call for extending the trail to Akronís Northside Station. Its total length, when completed, will be 8.5 miles.


The park district has been awarded a $700,000 federal grant to help build the trail.