Bay Village’s Cahoon Memorial Park will soon see the first of a handful of improvements aimed at better connecting the community. Construction of the Cahoon Basin Trail and the Lakefront Access Trail is set to begin next month.
“These projects are really going to change the look of the whole park” said City Project Manager Kathryn Kerber. “You’ll be able to get from the city’s rose garden area all the way to Bay Point on a nice paved path. So anyone with a stroller, wheelchair or walking disability will be able to get there easily.”
The Cahoon Basin Trail, a 1,000-foot trail that will span from the top of the hill near the city’s skatepark on Cahoon Road to the Lake Road Bridge, will be completed by Crossroads Asphalt Recycling of Columbia Station. Crews will regrade the slope of the hill and lay pavement on the grassy trail to make it ADA compliant.
Work on the Lakefront Access Trail, which will span 52 feet from the Lake Road Bridge to Bay Point, will be done by Ohio Paving and Construction of Willoughby. The scope of the project is smaller but will need grading and paving work.
The combined project will cost $240,935 and will be paid for with two grants. The Cahoon Basin Trail will be paid for by the Clean Ohio Trails fund and the Lakefront Access Trail will be covered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Coastal Management Assistance Program, Kerber said.
In 2017, the city conducted a study with the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency that focused on the town’s center. The study looked at ways to increase trails and promote walking, biking and hiking. As a result, five trails have been proposed throughout the city’s park system at Cahoon Memorial park, including a trail connecting the new library to the Cahoon Basin Trail.
“These trails will provide better accessibility to the green space that we have in Bay Village,” Kerber said.
Plans for a new inner-urban bridge and a trail behind the Dwyer Senior Center on Lake Road are also in the works. The trail will connect the Cahoon Basin Trail to the center and the new Cuyahoga County Public Library. Work is expected to begin next year, said Service Director Jon Liskovec.
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