MEDINA — The city’s Parks Department has applied for a grant through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for a multipurpose trail that will eventually link commercial businesses in the city and Medina Township to Lake Medina.
The 2,230-foot trail would connect the Reagan Parkway/Lake Medina trail from Larkens Way to the newly constructed U.S. Route 42/North Court Street.
Right now, the trail ends at Larkens Way.
Parks Director Jansen Wehrley said it’s an important connection that would enhance cycling, walking and hiking along the trail. Currently, there is a concrete sidewalk along Reagan Parkway, which would be torn up and replaced with a 10-foot asphalt multipurpose trail.
Wehrley said the estimated cost of the project to be about $267,000.
The grant provides up to 80 percent reimbursement assistance. If the grant pays 80 percent, the city would be on the hook for the remaining $53,000. Wehrley said some of that could be paid with carryforward funds in the department.
He expects the grant, funded through the ODNR’s Real Estate Recreational Trails Program, to be awarded in the spring.
Wehrley said the city would have to spend the money up front and get reimbursed at a later date. City Council’s Finance Committee approved the project 7-0 on Monday with an emergency clause as the grant application must be postmarked by Feb. 1.
The project would take about 15 months to complete.
Several people wrote letters of support for the project, including Medina County Park District Director Nathan Eppink, Spin Bike Shop Medina owner Ray Wagner and Century Cycles store manager Bob Soroky.
In his letter, Eppink said retail and residential will be better connected to the “hidden gem” that is Lake Medina.
“The trail extension you have planned will make the city a more walkable, bikeable community, and it positively impacts the work of the Medina County Park District,” he wrote.
Wehrley said eventually there could be 4.5 miles of multipurpose trail from Lake Medina to Montville Township.
He said the Medina County Park District has proposed to continue the nature trail east on state Route 18, through Summa Hospital property, to Montville Township. That could happen in 2020, he said.
Wehrley said he hopes to get the public’s thoughts on the project during a public meeting 5:30 p.m. today at city hall, 132 N. Elmwood Ave.
In other news
- Council unanimously approved a three-year agreement for dispatch services between the city and Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital Life Support Team. It’s retroactive to Oct. 15, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2021.
The city provides emergency medical dispatch service for LST in providing services to residents of the city of Medina, Medina Township and Montville Township.
Both townships will pay the city $65,000 for dispatch services on an annual basis.
- Steve Chrisman was appointed by Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell to the Economic Development Committee. His term will expire Dec. 31, 2022.