City of Youngstown Awarded $500,000 for Center City to Mill Creek Metroparks Connector Trail

Nov 03, 2017

Center City Trail

The City of Youngstown announced funding of the Center City to Mill Creek MetroParks Connector through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Clean Ohio Trails Fund (COTF) in the amount of $500,000.00.  This grant amount is subject to approval by the State of Ohio Controlling Board. The program offered by ODNR works to improve outdoor recreational opportunities for Ohioans by funding trails for outdoor pursuits of all kinds.

This grant directly supports the City of Youngstown’s goals to improve overall health and accessibility through the design and construction of a safe bicycle and pedestrian shared-use path from the downtown and campus of Youngstown State University and Mercy Health— to the second largest municipal park system in the United States, Mill Creek MetroParks. 

This project will create local and regional multi-modal links for Youngstown to existing and planned bicycle routes in Boardman and Niles as well as State Bicycle Route 70 and the 110-mile Great Ohio Lake to River Greenway. The City is committed to the local match requirement and any funding gaps within the projected total construction cost of $873,001.81.

This award will support the recent $10.2 million funding request submitted by Eastgate Regional Council of Governments in October 2017 to implement the SMAR2T Network. This grant application was submitted as part of the Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program under the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).  This project accomplishes goals to increase access and connectivity set forth in the Downtown Vision and Action Plan. The grant was submitted by the Youngstown State University Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) on behalf of the City of Youngstown.

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