December 20, 2014

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City taking bids for 1.2-mile walk, bike trail

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Four years ago, a couple of local Girl Scouts pictured people walking, running and exercising on a new trail wending its way through South Central Park.

Morgan Rogers and Caitlyn Tipple started holding a series of fundraisers that included a breakfast with Santa and other events, raising about $10,000.

Thanks to their efforts, as well as those of others, people may be using that trail by November if all goes right.

Legislation authorizing the city to seek bids and enter into a contract for the project is expected to be introduced Monday to City Council.

Plans call for the 10-foot-wide trail to extend 1.2 miles from South Central Park to the rear of St. Peter’s Parish near Center Ridge Road.

The trail will be paid for with the funds already raised, as well as a $150,000 grant received by the city in December 2012 from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

“We’re just glad to finally be moving forward on this,” said Kevin Fougerousse, director of the Parks and Recreation Department. “They’re surveying right now and we look to go out for bids in a couple of weeks.”

If the weather remains good, and everything else falls into place, it’s possible the trail could be completed by Nov.1, Fougerousse said.

Plans call for the trail to run alongside the edge of wooded property behind the North Ridgeville Middle School and east of Ranger Stadium.

A check for $15,000 will be presented by the two Girl Scouts and Friends of the Park to city officials during the city’s annual Corn Festival the weekend of Aug. 9 to 11.

That money includes funds raised by the girls, along with money raised by Roger’s mother, Nada, who began a local version of the popular “Biggest Loser” TV weight-loss challenge. The local funds helped qualify the city for the state grant.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.