WADSWORTH — The city has opened its new "Interurban Trail" — a recreational hike and bike path that connects many residential neighborhoods to downtown.
The two-mile trail stretches from downtown at Central Intermediate School to Silvercreek Road on the southeast side of the community, hitting Miller Field and the new Trolley Line Park along the way. The path is paved in some areas and gravel in others.
"We think it's going to be a great asset to the community," city Service Director Robert Patrick said Tuesday, noting that it should promote exercise, quality of life in the community and provide easy access to the downtown business district.
The city, which held a ribbon cutting for the trail and park last week, has installed a large Interurban Trail sign with a map and bike racks downtown. There also are plans for more benches and historical signs along the path. The project, estimated at more than $506,000, was paid for through a combination of grants and city money.
City leaders hope the path one day will connect with the Towpath Trail, meaning people could theoretically venture from Cleveland to Wadsworth via a trail.
City resident Ted Scurlock, who lives downtown, praised the trail Tuesday morning while walking his dogs Lulubell and Max along the path.
"I think it's great," he said.
The project dates back to 2008 when the city completed a transportation plan that outlined the addition of trails in the community.
City leaders also are pleased that the path runs through the Trolley Line Park at Silvercrest Road. The park features a pavilion and Trolley Line House, which are both for rent.
The Interurban Trail is open from dawn until dusk every day. Motorized and recreational vehicles are not permitted on the path.
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