Trail to community center begins
Written by KEVIN GORDON | Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor
Saturday, 26 May 2012 07:25
Construction of a trail from the Bowling Green Community Center to the high school has begun.
| The new trail being installed along Newton Road. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Work has started on the first part of the trail on the south side of Newton Road and going to Brim Road, Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Director Michelle Grigore told the parks board Tuesday night.
Grigore said the project will be completed in five or six phases, at a cost of approximately $25,000-30,000 per phase.
The project will take approximately six years to complete, assuming funding for each phase can be found.
Grigore said the current work is being funded by grants, adding she'll continue to look for grants to pay for future phases.
A public forum on the remainder of the proposed trail will be held June 7 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the center.
A trail to the center was the No. 1 item listed by residents on a recreational needs survey compiled by the city, Grigore said.
The trail, approximately two miles long, would help residents get to the center, especially junior high students and those younger who can't drive there.
A sidewalk or a trail to the center along Haskins Road were considered, Grigore said, but those were thought to be too dangerous because of the 55 mile per hour speed limit along part of Haskins Road.
The trail then would head south on the east side of Brim Road to Van Camp Road.
The trail would go across the front yard of the Humane Society properly and turn right into a farm field where the city utilities holds an easement.
The trail would continue through the field, cross the Christopher Street ditch and eventually run behind the high school football stadium and soccer field, and connect to the high school parking lot and Poe Road.
The trail is similar to the crushed stone surfaces used in the Toledo Metroparks. The trail, however, would not be lighted and snow would not be removed during the winter, Grigore said.
Grigore said a six-foot fence already exists along the back lot lines of the homes on Fort Drive, which would border the trail. Another six-foot fence was being considered for the other side of the trail to separate the trail from the high school.
"It would be a wonderful addition," Grigore said of the trail.
The board also:
• Learned bid packages are being created to demolish the city pool and to build the new aquatics center.
Grigore hopes the bid package to demolish the pool will be released in June, with the bid package for the aquatics center to follow in July.
The construction cost of the aquatics center is $3.2 million, and the total cost will be $3.8 million. The remaining $600,000 covers planning, outside consultants, furniture and fixtures.
Grigore said the city can buy the furniture and fixtures directly, saving the taxpayers "a lot of money."
A levy for the project was approved in March.
The current pool is scheduled to open Sunday.
• Learned the park foundation is looking for a presenting sponsor for its wine and cheese fundraiser Sept. 28. The event is the major fundraiser for the foundation.
• Canceled its June meeting. The board, however, still could meet then if "pressing issues" come up before then, chairman Jodi Anderson said.