Sylvania’s City Council on Monday approved a Sylvania-Metamora Path cooperation agreement to complete the path that stretches from Centennial to Kilburn roads.
“We should cooperate to complete this path and get people safely out there [to Pacesetter Park],” Mayor Craig Stough said about the walkway called the Sylvania-Metamora Multi-Use Path.
During its meeting, council unanimously agreed to enter into a joint agreement with Lucas County Commissioners and the Olander Park System to contribute a maximum of $10,00 of capital improvement funds to the project. That will cover the construction of the path between Centennial Road and Summer Place Drive in the city. Olander Park Commissioners recently agreed to contribute up to $65,900 for the joint project.
The Sylvania-Metamora Path’s 2.25 miles between Kilburn and Centennial roads, mostly in Sylvania Township but partly in the city of Sylvania, are interrupted by six-tenths of a mile of gaps.
Built by developers of several subdivisions in the 1990s and early 2000s to fulfill sidewalk requirements, the path is used by walkers and bikers. However, where parts are undeveloped, gaps exist, specifically on the south side of Sylvania-Metamora Road in front of Pacesetter Park. Many use the walkway to arrive to Centennial Terrace and Fossil Park, however gaps make it dangerous for those on the north side to cross the street to reach those two destinations.
The project will be managed by Ron Myers of the Lucas County Engineer’s Office. Mr. Myers said project plans call for a crosswalk at Pacesetter's entrance and a new sidewalk in front of the park. Construction is set for 2016.
The path will hook-up to trails on Erie Street leading to the city’s downtown district. Future plans call for it to be extended past Kilburn to Secor Metropark.
The Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments has awarded a federal Transportation Alternatives Fund grant that covers 80 percent of the project’s $328,000 estimated construction cost, with total expenses figured at $473,000. The county engineer’s office is contributing staff time for engineering and construction inspection costs.