August & September 2014
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Chessie Circle Trail Coordinating Committee Approves Development Plan

The committee representing all the partners involved in the purchase and operation of the 11.6-mile Chessie Circle Trail approved a comprehensive development plan for the trail at their regular meeting Friday, July 11.

The Chessie Circle Trail Development Plan (large PDF) describes how the partners will develop the trail with pavement, parking, and interpretive signage to make a cohesive system even as it is developed piece by piece over several years. The partners in the trail are the City of Toledo, the University of Toledo, the Wood County Park District, the Wood County Port Authority, and the Metroparks of the Toledo Area.

The first trail segment scheduled to be improved (2014-2015) is a 2-mile section managed by the City of Toledo. This area, from Jackman Road to Monroe Street (see map), will be graded and surfaced with an initial layer of fine screenings that will allow use by pedestrians. This section of the path is centrally located and will allow a large part of the urban population to gain full access to Ottawa Park, Jermain Park, Beatty Park, Wildwood Metropark, Bowman Park, and other recreation sites. It also connects to primary and secondary schools and significant businesses and employer locations.

In 2016, the development plan calls for paving the 1.5-mile segment from the Maumee River to Glanzman Rd. in the section operated by the Metroparks of the Toledo Area. This segment links schools and a public library and also connects to the signed "share the road" bike route along River Road. Concurrently, the Wood County Port Authority will take down the unstable railroad bridge over the Maumee. The development plan has a goal of replacing the bridge with a bike and pedestrian crossing but no funding has been identified to pay the very high cost of construction.

The sequencing of future trail segments in the corridor will vary depending on funding opportunities from federal, state, local, and institutional sources. As the trail is developed, public involvement will be solicited to ensure that the needs and wishes of the partners and the public continue to be represented. See more about the trail and the coordinating committee here.

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