Monday, January 22, 2001

Madeira may build walking trail


State program would pay for $150,000 project

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MADEIRA — City Council will consider building a $150,000 walking trail around McDonald Commons Park, beginning near Dawson Road and Miami Avenue.

        The proposal was approved by the Public Works Committee on Wednesday. City Manager Thomas Moeller said council will be asked today to pass a resolution to apply for funds under the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Nature Works program.

        “We have reviewed the proposal and gone through cost estimates,” Mr. Moeller said. “I think we are looking at a project that may be into year 2002 by the time we get everything cleared.”

        Plans are to get the request in before the 2002 fiscal year begins in July.

        A diagram shows the trail starting near Miami Avenue and Dawson Road, going south. There will be special pavement along the entrance drive, leading to a boardwalk over a creek with a fence.

        The 3,000-foot trail would pass a playground, a shelter and a tennis court. It would also pass a seating area with decorative pavement around a water fountain.

        There would be an extension of an asphalt path to eliminate drainage into a sports field in the northwest section of the trail. As the trail circled McDonald Commons Park on the northwest side it would be extended to a width of 10 feet to permit emergency and maintenance vehicles to reach a baseball field.

        Near the southwest corner the asphalt trail would narrow from 10 feet to 6 feet near a vehicle turnaround area. It would pass a dugout area and bleachers and another fountain.

        Benches and a rest area also would be installed along the trail.

        “I like the idea because I do a lot of walking,” said Nancy Stone of the 6400 block of Dawson Road. “I am definitely going to use it.”

        Council's meeting will begin at 7 p.m. today at the municipal building, 7141 Miami Ave.

       



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