A construction update was reported on Saturday, December 15 in the Beacon Journal. Staff writer Bob Downing reported work will begin on the second phase of the new Freedom Trail.
People are already using the first nearly completed section of the trail, and Metro Parks crews are currently adding trail signs and bollards. This section of trail is from Middlebury Road in Kent to Tallmadge Circle and is just over four miles. The park district and its partners will hold a formal dedication ceremony in spring 2013.
Starting at the Portage Hike & Bike Trail in Kent, this multipurpose trail – on land owned by METRO Regional Transit Authority – will follow an unused railroad corridor, connect to the Tallmadge Trail and continue west to the Towpath Trail via a linkage at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Northside Station in downtown Akron.
The next phase of the construction will from west from Southwest Avenue to Eastwood Avenue in Akron, a distance of about two miles. Engineering is first needed on this phase of the trail and if completed in 2013 could allow construction bids to begin in late 2013 or early 2014. The third and final phase will bring the trail to Akron’s Northside Station and is more complicated than the first two sections.
Another section of the trail may link to the 33.5-mile Bike & Hike Trail in Munroe Falls.
You can expect the completed section to be included in Metro Parks spring hiking series, Spree For All (May – June), and a new cycling event, the Summer Biking Spree (July – August).