Trail honors son of judge

BRACEVILLE – A newly opened walking trail recently dedicated in memory of Ethan Swift is designed to help nature lovers and runners enjoy the outdoors.

A ribbon-cutting and dedication was held naming the walking trail in memory and honor of Ethan Swift, son of Trumbull County Probate Judge Thomas Swift, for whom the local metropark is named.

Zach Svette, operation director of the Trumbull Metroparks, said the Thomas A. Swift Park is located at 870 Benedict Leavittsburg Road, Leavittsburg, on the border between Braceville and Warren townships. He said the trail was completed last year, with various trees planted along the route which travels through the park along the Mahoning River.

”The trail goes through nature areas and fields all within the park boundaries. People can take in the wonders of nature in the park,” he said.

The trail, made from mulch, is about a half-mile long. The trail also includes an arboretum. Swift said his son would have loved to come to the park since he enjoyed the outdoors. Swift said the park allows people to come and reflect on their loved ones and families.

Ethan Swift died at age 30 in 2004 of a heart condition.

Local park commissioners, county officials family and friends of the Swifts attended and walked along the trail.