University/Parks Trail


University/Parks Trail

Infobox Hiking trail
Name=University/Parks Trail
Photo=Universityparkstrail.jpg
Caption=Section of the Trail between Holland-Sylvania Road and McCord Road
Length=convert|6.3|mi|lk=on|abbr=on6+ mi
Start/End Points=University of Toledo to Sylvania, Ohio
Use=Multi-use
ElevChange=
HighPoint=
LowPoint=
Difficulty=Easy
Season=Year-round
Sights=Wildwood Preserve Metropark
Hazards=
The University/Parks Trail is a rail trail in Toledo, Ohio, United States. The trail is open to walkers, bikers, joggers and in-line skaters.

History

The path the trail follows was originally the tracks of Toledo, Angola and Western Railroad. [Citation|last = Metroparks of the Toledo Area|title = University/Parks Trail Brochure|year = 2000|location = Toledo, Ohio|url = http://www.metroparkstoledo.org/] When the railroad abandoned their right of way, five public agencies joined together to create the trail. The trail was completed with a $1.3 million federal grant, given through the Ohio Department of Transportation. [Citation|last = The University of Toledo|title = University/Parks Trail|date = January 5, 2000|year = 2000|url = http://www.utoledo.edu/campus-map/univ-parks-trail.html|accessdate = 2007-07-01 ] The trail officially opened to public use in September 1995, although many had been enjoying the paved parts of the path as construction was going on elsewhere on the path. [Citation|last = The University of Toledo|title = University/Parks Trail|date = January 5, 2000|year = 2000|url = http://www.utoledo.edu/campus-map/univ-parks-trail.html|accessdate = 2007-07-01 ]

Involved public agencies

Five public agencies were involved in the creation of the trail; [Citation|last = The University of Toledo|title = University/Parks Trail|date = January 5, 2000|year = 2000|url = http://www.utoledo.edu/campus-map/univ-parks-trail.html|accessdate = 2007-07-01 ] they are:

*Lucas County Commissioners and Engineer's Office
*City of Toledo
*Metroparks of the Toledo Area
*Sylvania Area Joint Recreation District
*The University of Toledo

Trail route

The trail runs over the tracks of the late Toledo, Angola and Western Railroad. Starting at the University of Toledo, the trail runs convert|6.3|mi to King Road in Sylvania, Ohio. The trail crosses roads six times, twice over rail bridge. The other crosses form intersections, two of which have stop lights. The park has neighborhood access, and has an entrance to Wildwood Preserve Metropark. From King Road, one can travel north to Milton Olander Park and east to Westfield Franklin Park. From the University of Toledo, one can travel northeast to Ottawa Park.

ee also

*Metroparks of the Toledo Area
*Rails to trails

References


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