Mon. 10:30 p.m.: Girard plans walkway from stadium to park

GIRARD — An idea by a Girard High School senior to provide safety for people walking from a parking area off Elruth Street to Liberty Memorial Park is being implemented by the city.

High school student Mara Avery told City Council Monday that for her senior project, she proposed creating a walkway from the east side visitor’s parking lot area by the football stadium to the ballfields at the park, which is located around a corner off Elruth Street. There is no sidewalk at that part of Elruth Street.

Avery said there is an old path in the woods, but trees and two ditches make it difficult to pass through.

Mayor Jim Melfi said the city has discussed creating a Safe Route to Liberty Park blacktopped walkway from the parking lot of the stadium to the ball fields.

“Right now, people either walk through the woods to get to the park or you walk on the road around a bend, which is very dangerous,” Melfi said.

Melfi said plans are to clear out brush and trees to make the route to baseball and soccer fields.

Read the full story in the Tuesday Tribune Chronicle.