–by Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough
PUBLICATION DATE: 11.15.16
River Trail Grant Announced
The city of Sylvania has been notified of an $850,000.00 grant from the Clean Ohio Trails Fund to help pay for construction of Phase 2 of the River Trail. This large grant means the project is now funded and ready to proceed with bidding and construction in early 2017.
The total River Trail Phase 2 construction cost estimate is $2,330,000. Two other grants have previously been received: $400,000 from Ohio Capital Improvements House Bill 497 with the help of Representative Barbara Sears, and $400,000 generously pledged from Flower Hospital. The remaining $680,000 will be paid with City of Sylvania Capital Improvement funds.
Phase 2 will extend the ADA accessible River Trail east from Harroun Road, along the south bank of the Ottawa River through the north end of the Flower Hospital campus, under the current US 23 bridges and up to Monroe Street adjacent to the northbound US 23 exit ramp, a total length of 0.65 mile.
The Trail will be asphalt pavement with passive lighting and security cameras. Some areas of the trail inside the Ottawa River floodway will be elevated on concrete bridge decking, providing beautiful views of natural areas not currently accessible much of the year.
Further, Phase 2 will provide a more scenic and quieter pedestrian route to cross US 23. Currently there are only two roadways inside Sylvania that cross US 23 – Monroe Street and Main Street. Neither are very comfortable pedestrian pathways due to the large amount of traffic and the narrow sidewalks. Once completed, Phase 2 of the River Trail will provide a far more pleasant pedestrian path, connecting sidewalks along Monroe Street to the Flower Hospital campus, Harroun Park and downtown Sylvania.
Phase 1 of the River Trail opened in June, 2012 at a cost of $1,362,000, with grant funds paying $688,000 of the cost. Phase 1 is 0.6 miles long and includes a 100-foot long bridge over Ten Mile Creek.
The River Trail provides a recreational opportunity for our residents, as well as helping attract new businesses to downtown Sylvania. It provides a direct pedestrian connection from the downtown to the Flower Hospital campus and soon to Monroe Street. Our riverfront areas are an asset to our community and the River Trail opens them up for more visibility, use and enjoyment.