The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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September 13, 2013

Two new trails to be ready this spring for Geneva residents

GENEVA — The greening of Geneva continues. At the city’s Sept. 9 council meeting, City Manager Jim Pearson announced the beginning of work on two trails for Geneva’s residents. One is a nature trail and the other is a fitness and recreational trail. The trails should be ready for use by spring.

The two trails will be located near the city’s firemen’s training center on Austin Road across from Platt R. Spencer Elementary School. Both trails will be loops. The fitness and recreation trail will originate near the training center. The nature loop will be nearby on property owned by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Geneva City Manager Jim Pearson said work had already begun on identifying and shaping the fitness and recreation path. City street department crews will work on the paths throughout the fall and winter, when not busy with other city maintenance.

“We want to get all our funding in and order material before getting in to actual trail creation,” Pearson said. “We will repurpose our own materials on site for the stone base.”

Pearson said the city has received donations for the project from numerous sources and is still taking donations from interested parties. Geneva Rotary Club has donated $28,000 towards completion. Geneva Firemen’s club donated $5,000, Community Development donated $5,000, Cleveland Museum of Natural History donated $5,000 and $11,000 will come from the city’s Parks and Recreation Fund. The school system may be interested in getting involved as well.

“We will be getting our equipment donated for the exercise stops on the fitness and recreation trails from RTS equipment manufacturers,” Pearson said. “They are located in the Coffee Creek Industrial Center in Austinburg.”

Pearson said he was pleased that there was so much interest and support for the trail system.

“We’re looking forward to getting the trails done and ready for use,” he said. “Then in the spring we should be set to open. It will be good for area residents to have a facility like this so close to home. We hope people will enjoy using the trails.”  

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