WADSWORTH — The city will celebrate the completion of its new 2-mile Interurban Trail with not one, but two ribbon cutting ceremonies Friday afternoon, Friends of Wadsworth Trails President Justin James said Wednesday.
“It is extremely exciting, this is exactly what our mission and our vision is — to help with creating a trail system to allow residents an alternate method of non-motorized transportation to be able to connect to hot spots in town,” James said.
The first ribbon cutting will be noon to 1 p.m. near the historic Trolley House, 631 Silvercrest Road, which will be used as a headquarters for the Friends of the Wadsworth Trails.
James said there will be a cookout with hot dogs provided for guests during the celebration.
“The trail house is great because it provides a headquarters for our group and the downstairs is a rentable public space,” he said.
The second ribbon cutting will kick off the monthly Main Street Wadsworth First Friday event series scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Friday.
James said the ceremony will be at the trailhead located near the downtown Wadsworth Subway restaurant at 141 Main St.
While plans for the Interurban Trail have been in place for years, James said construction on the project began about two years ago.
The project largely was covered by a 2015 grant of $372,185 from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Clean Ohio Trails Fund, The Gazette reported in 2017.
James said contributions made by the Friends of the Wadsworth Trails include a pollinator garden at the Trolley House, which served as a stop for the areas trolley service during the first portion of the 20th century.
“It is a real beautiful garden, a lot of time went into that,” he said.
The trail begins at the city’s southwest parking lot downtown and heads southeast following South Boulevard and Ohio Avenue to Miller Park. The trail continues along Chestnut Street to South Boulevard and Durling Drive, running parallel to a railroad line, and ending at a Silvercreek Road trailhead.
James said the majority of the trail is paved, with some sections of crushed limestone gravel.
“I know the city has been talking about reviewing that seeing if we can continue getting the rest of it paved even further,” he said.
The construction was completed by HSH Construction & Excavating of Wadsworth.
Majority of the construction work was completed by the city parks department and the contractor, with the friends contributing to the project by adding trailside amenities like the pollinator garden.
The Interurban Trail is open daily from dawn until dusk.