Chessie Circle Trail

The Chessie Circle Trail, an 11-mile corridor through densely urbanized areas in Toledo and Wood County, is being gradually paved and improved on the site of an abandoned rail line. The property was purchased by a consortium of local stakeholders in October 2011, using a combination of $7.7 million of federal funds and $1 million of local funds.

Consortium members who own the corridor are Metroparks Toledo, University of Toledo, City of Toledo, Wood County Park District, and the Wood County Port Authority. TMACOG worked with these groups to coordinate the purchase and establish operating procedures.

Status and Plans
A park is being constructed on River Road near the City of Maumee using historic elements from the recently railroad removed bridge over the Maumee River.
A paved, 1.5-mile segment of the Chessie Circle Trail in south Toledo from River Rd. to Glazman Rd. is heavily used. A recent traffic count shows that 272 people walk, cycle, run with a stroller, or skateboard on this segment of the trail every day. This section is one the most well-used trails in the region, just behind the University/Parks Trail and the Slippery Elm Trail.
On the corner of Copeland Ave. and Detroit Ave., near the site of the former Beverly School, Metroparks Toledo is currently constructing a trailhead with parking and restrooms. This is scheduled for completion this summer.
The northernmost part of the trail, from Bowman Park at Laskey and Jackman roads to Monroe St. at Douglas Rd., currently has a crushed stone base but is not paved. Even with a somewhat rough path, approximately 60 people use the route each day. This section, and an extension to University Hills Blvd. at the University of Toledo, will be paved in the summer of 2021. Planners anticipate that this 3-mile section will be very well used since it connects shopping, residential areas, and the University.
As the path is paved, each section will follow the design standards that have been established in south Toledo. See the signage and other details in the Chessie Circle Trail Development Plan.

All signage and kiosks on the Chessie Circle Trail will use the same design standards. This kiosk is on River Road near the Toledo/Maumee border in the section owned and operated by Metroparks Toledo.

Some of the machinery and gears from the old railroad bridge over the Maumee
River will be re-used for a new park on River Road.


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