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Perrysburg is trying to determine what type of hard surface would work best for the multi-use path it plans to install along the Maumee River, connecting Hood Park to Orleans Park.
City Administrator Bridgette Kabat said she hopes this issue will go before the city recreation committee in February or March to get a recommendation on the best material. The surface material has to meet requirements of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
She hopes that by summer the city will begin work with engineers to get Phase Two of the path designed. Phase One has been constructed; it connects the sidewalk from State Rt. 25 bridge over the Maumee River to Orleans Park. Asphalt is the surface for that portion of the path.
A grant from the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments — $629,000 that the city is slated to receive in 2019 — will pay for 80 percent of the cost of the multipurpose path.
Ms. Kabat said the city wants to have the designs for the next phase done as soon as possible because the city could receive the 2019 grant money sooner if the plans are completed and the work is put on standby. If other TMACOG projects fall through, the Perrysburg project could be in line to be funded before 2019.
The multi-use path was a part of a $26 million riverfront renovation project proposed in Perrysburg last year. The City Council decided to proceed with the proposed path, but will hold off on other part of the project until it can obtain funding.