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Metroparks receives grant for bikeway

WARREN — The Trumbull County MetroParks has been awarded $12,500 for the Western Reserve Greenway Phase 4 project, which is part of the Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway.

Trumbull County MetroParks is among the grantees included in the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, which has awarded a combined $308,500 in funding to 45 projects across 16 states.

According to RTC, the grants are investments in community-led efforts to create more opportunities for people to connect with trails in their neighborhoods — either through activities and events or through improved, connected trail infrastructure.

Zachary Svette, executive director of the metroparks, said Phase 4 of the Western Reserve Greenway, part of the larger four-county Great Ohio-Lake-To River Greenway, includes the construction of the final four-mile section of a 10-foot wide, multi-use, paved asphalt path in Trumbull County.

He said the project completes Trumbull County’s section of the bike path within the region connecting the existing Warren Bikeway, which terminates at Burton Street, and the Niles Greenway, which terminates at the intersection of state Route 46 and Robbins Avenue. Phase 4, once completed, will connect 79 miles of a continuous multi-use path located in Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties.

The final section of the trail will eventually connect above mentioned routes to existing and planned routes in Columbiana County all the way to the Ohio River.

Svette said once all phases of the Western Reserve Greenway bike trail are complete, total mileage will equal approximately 110 miles of a paved multi-use path across four counties connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River in East Liverpool.

“This project invests in the quality of life for Trumbull County residents and at the same time helps strengthen the Outdoor Recreation Tourism offerings that drives money being spent at local businesses,” Svette said.

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