The Ashtabula County Metroparks have a number of ceremonies planned this week to highlight the progress made on a number of trail projects.

Today at 5:30 p.m. the Metroparks, Civic Development Corporation and Ohio Horsemen’s Council will open a parking lot, new trail and stream crossing at the north side of the Hatches Corners Metropark, 5467 Center Road, Conneaut.

The improvements include a boardwalk crossing, trail markers on more than a mile of the trail, a parking lot at Hatches Corners Road, an information kiosk and a stream crossing bridge connecting the north trail to the south trail.

Larry Frimerman, Metroparks executive director, said he is excited for the public to see the improvements and the opening of the north side trail to connect to the trail that starts at Route 7.

“It’s now all connected and the trails are marked,” Frimerman said. “The trail now goes over Bear’s Creek.”

The Hatches Corners ribbon cutting will be the first of several such events in the coming weeks.

At noon Friday at the Andover Village Municipal Building, 134 Maple St., there will be a celebratation of the Metroparks’ ODOT Transportation Alternatives Program grant award and the start of the design, engineering and construction phase of the Pymatuning Valley Greenway Trail project.

Then at 4 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Ashtabula Harbor there will be a ceremonial ground-breaking of the North Shore Trail, which is the final leg of the Western Reserve Greenway Trail. The Western Reserve Greenway Trail is expected to be complete next year. 

“The focus is making parks safe, clean and accessible,” Frimerman said of the projects. “Trails are a key component of that.”

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