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Tallmadge Public Meeting Report
I attended the public meeting last night in Tallmadge, Ohio for the proposed Freedom Secondary Trail. Representatives for MetroParks Serving Summit County were there to answer questions, along with DLZ, the engineering and design firm working with the parks on the project.
I was told that they would consider the meeting a success if they had at least 50 people attending, but by the time I arrived at 5:50pm, they estimated that they already had over 60! There were detailed engineering drawings of the entire new trail, which showed a few different options where the final trail routing has not been determined. A running slide show illustrated the current location and conditions along the proposed trail corridor. The representatives were eager to hear feedback from attendees.
A decision on the final trail routing is expected some time this summer. With design and engineering work beginning immediately after that, actual construction will probably begin some time in 2010. The project will include rehabilitation work on the currently existing Tallmadge Rail Trail.