Construction of the westward extension of the University Parks Trail through a portion of Sylvania Township has begun. The trail will now cross King Road, where it currently terminates, and continue for a distance of about 0.6 miles to Silica Road.
The change will create a path totaling about 7 miles from its other end near the Dorr Street entrance to the eastern end of the University of Toledo campus.
The construction is along the northern end of the long-closed King Road Dump, which was fenced-off years ago after it was deemed unsafe due to hazardous materials discarded there over the years.
Testing has shown improvement to the soil quality over the years and using the northern border is considered safe.
The existing fencing will be removed, but new fencing will be erected along the path.
There are plans for the trail to eventually be extended further west generally along Ten Mile Creek and then to the north to connect to Sylvan Prairie Park, part of The Olander Park System. Once that happens, users of the trail can connect to existing multipurpose trails to Sylvania-Metamora Road.
The extension currently underway is scheduled to be completed by the end of the month.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
Posted: May 23, 2019
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