The Stark County Park District is seeking $355,400 in a Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant to extend the Iron Horse Trail by 1.27 miles in the city of Alliance.

That grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources would be matched by $197,000 from the park district, said spokeswoman Sarah Buell.

The extension would be built on an abandoned railroad right of way parallel to Union Avenue from Simpson Street to the railroad tracks south of Prospect Street.

Construction would begin in 2017, if the grant is secured.

The grant will also help with signs along the existing trail on the Mount Union University campus from State Street to Simpson Street.

The park district will accept public comment on the project until Feb. 28. Comments should be mailed to Stark Parks, 5300 Tyner St. NW, Canton 44708, or information@starkparks.com.

The trail now runs 3.06 miles from a trailhead at 1141 W. Beech St. south to Cenfield Street in Washington Township.

The park district is working with landowners south of Cenfield Street. The old rail line extends to Minerva.

Work is continuing on two other trail segments south of Early Hill Park in Alliance. The three Alliance segments, when completed, will extend the trail to 7.4 miles and will include on-the-road and off-road trail sections.

At Early Hill Park, the Iron Horse Trail connects to the existing Mahoning Valley Trail to Deer Creek Reservoir. The two trails together will extend 11.7 miles, when completed.