Bob Downing

Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, temporarily is postponing plans to repair a landslide along the Bike & Hike Trail in northern Summit County.

The park district wants to re-examine the project to determine if there are alternative solutions and ways to cut costs, said Paul Wilkerson, the park district’s construction supervisor/civil engineer.

“We think we can economize a little bit,” he told park commissioners at their meeting Thursday.

Keith Shy, the park district’s secretary-director, said he had no reason to dispute the recommendation of the park district’s engineer on the best way to proceed.

Last fall, park commissioners earmarked $200,000 for the repairs on the west side of the Hike & Bike Trail south of Boston Mills Road in Boston Heights. A culvert is also involved.

Bids had been sought, but the bidding process is being vacated to revisit the project, Wilkerson said.

The trail is still open to walkers and bicyclists, although the problem needs to be remedied, he said.

A consultant prepared the initial plans and cost estimate for the park.

In other action Thursday, commissioners saluted David Whited, the park district’s retiring chief of planning and development.

Whited, who started with the park system in January 1982, is retiring with 30 years of service, effective March 1.

Wilkerson will oversee planning operations until park commissioners decide how to fill Whited’s spot, officials said.

Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or