Saturday, January 22, 2000

Delhi board considers park trail

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DELHI TOWNSHIP — A half-mile walking trail could be added to Delhi Park this summer if the cost is reasonable and work on Delhi Road is close to wrapping up.

        Laurie Ott, a Delhi Park Board commissioner, said the board has been wanting to add a walking trail to Delhi Park for some time, but was thwarted by where to place it.

        But work on Delhi Road has produced fill dirt that is being used to fill in a ravine in the park, making a loop trail feasible, said Ms. Ott.

        “So many people mentioned wanting a walking trail,” she said. “Another reason to look at a trail was the ravine being filled in.”

        Ms. Ott said preliminary estimates are that it would cost between $20,000 and $30,000 to install a half-mile paved trail that is 5 feet wide.

        “We are definitely going forth on checking into it,” said Ms. Ott.

        Installing the trail will ultimately depend on whether the cost estimate is accurate and when the ravine can be filled in to connect the loops of the trail. Ms. Ott described the design as two circles that join in the area of the ravine.

        Delhi Park is heavily used, said township officials. Ms. Ott said the park has several ball fields, including soccer fields, picnic areas, tot lots, playground equipment, a lodge, lighted tennis courts, basketball court, concession stand, volleyball court and a wooded area. But it lacked a walking trail.

        “This is something we have all wanted,” said Trustee Carol Espelage. “They've been wanting to do it for many years. But there wasn't an appropriate place to put it. The response from residents attending meetings has been for a walking trail. I think it's just a really good addition.”

        A questionnaire in August asking residents what they would like to see in the park also showed strong support.

        The money is in the park board's budget, if its preliminary estimate is accurate.

        Ms. Ott said the board would like to see the trail installed by summer. The Delhi Road widening is expected to take at least that long, and it accounts for where the dirt is coming from to fill in the ravine.


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