November 28, 2014

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Miller Nature Preserve trail takes shape in Avon

Gerald Roberts, of Avon Lake, works in maintenance at the Lorain County Metro Parks and is helping lay the foundation for the the new trails at the Miller Nature Preserve in Avon. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Gerald Roberts, of Avon Lake, works in maintenance at the Lorain County Metro Parks and is helping lay the foundation for the the new trails at the Miller Nature Preserve in Avon. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — Crews are working to complete a new trail at the Miller Nature Preserve by November.

Jim Ziemnik, director of the Lorain County Metro Parks, said the purpose of the trail is to create access to the park.

The trail will connect to the Arbor Acres subdivision as well as the Bentley Park subdivision, which includes Avon Heritage South Elementary School.

“It should enable a whole lot of people that live in Arbor Acres and Bentley Park subdivisions … to transport themselves via walking, strollers, bikes, etc.” he said. “It would certainly give them easier access to the preserve.”

Benjamin Nagy/Chronicle graphic

Benjamin Nagy/Chronicle graphic

Ziemnik said crews began clearing the area during the summer but had to wait for permission from the Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction, as a portion of the trail sat on wetlands and the trees that needed cut down may have been a nesting area for bats and warblers.

The Lorain County Metro Parks received permission in September from the Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction on the 6-foot-wide trail.

“We try to pick a path that doesn’t require a great amount of removal of trees,” Ziemnik said. “We try to prevent the removal of trees, but sometimes there are some casualties to get from point A to point B.”

Ziemnik said, if the weather cooperates, the project should be complete by November.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.


  • Beth

    I love the new trails that are being build. Great job LCMP!