Warren portion of bike trail completed

Dedicated to longtime supporter

WARREN — City officials, members of the Trumbull County MetroParks and residents gathered Friday at the Warren Greenway Trailhead to celebrate Warren’s finished portion of the Western Reserve Greenway Bike Trail.

The trailhead is located where Trumbull County’s and Warren’s portion of the bike trail converge on North River Road NW. The Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corporation donated the 11.82-acre property to the city.

The Western Reserve Greenway Bike Trail spans about 100 miles from Lake Erie in Ashtabula down to the Ohio River in Columbiana County. Seventy-five miles is finished.

In Warren, the trail spans from the trailhead on North River Road to Burton Street.

“I’ve been at this for a while,” said Charlie Kohli, chairman of the Great Ohio Lake to River Greenway Coalition. “We got to celebrate our accomplishments and our achievements and all the people that worked so hard to get it together.”

This section of the trail is dedicated to Ada Callahan Sutter of Warren, who died in 2012. Sutter was a longtime supporter of the trail and getting it completed in Warren, Kohli said.

“She was one of the very early public people that came forward when we first started, when we first said it was a good idea,” Kohli said. “She got public support and also all of the politicians involved to get on board and work together.”

John Brown, Trumbull County MetroParks board chairman, said the trail is another “real gem” that people in Warren can enjoy.

“The one thing that people don’t realize is this bike trail is one of the longest paved bike trails,” Brown said. “A lot of bike trails are gravel and hard pavement, where it’s a chip and tar kind of thing. It’s a nice bike trail. It’s relatively level because it was the 714 line of the Penn Central Railroad.”

The city was able to use a Federal Transportation, Community and System Preservation Grant for 80 percent of the project, including engineering, environmental studies and wetland mitigation. A Transportation Alternatives Program grant covered 80 percent of the trailhead construction costs, including parking lot construction, pavilion, signage and other amenities.

Construction of the trailhead was completed in the fall for $239,459 by Miller-Yount Paving of Cortland.