Indian Trails South – Proposed Improvements
Spring Street Bridge to West 58th Street Entrance – Continuing south on the trail, a second foot bridge would cross the river from the west to the east bank just south of the Main Avenue railroad trestle. Automobile access from the east side of the river would be facilitated with an improved road from the East 51st Street access point. This road leads directly to the river area where a parking lot, picnic area and playground are proposed. The old sandstone stairway on the west side of the river would be rehabilitated to provide pedestrian access directly from the downtown Ashtabula City commercial business district. A linkage to the improved path should be provided to the main trail at the second recreational trail bridge. The Main Avenue WPA stairs would also be the proposed location for an observation deck overlooking the Park. Construction of a 16x16-foot deck is contemplated for this location.
Continuing south on the east bank trail, a third recreational trail bridge is required to link the trail to the West 58th Street access point on the west bank. The improved trail length from Spring Street to the W. 58th Street river crossing is 7,593 feet.
West 58th Street Entrance to Route 11 Viaduct – With appropriate improvements this area can be a primary access point and staging area for the park system. Erosion control measures and vegetative plantings are necessary to provide a clearly marked trail and reclaim the forested area from the multiple paths that now exist. Improved parking and a picnic area are suggested for this heavily used area and vegetation must be reestablished on the steep hillsides surrounding the park entrance. Access from South Main Avenue is approximately one-half mile. The West 58th Street bridge is scheduled for rehabilitation in 2003 and will provide direct vehicle access from the city center on the west and Plymouth Township on the east. Extension of a sidewalk/path from the bridge to the entrance should be a priority, to facilitate pedestrian access for the city population center. The fourth and final recreational trail bridge will take the improved trail from the west to the east bank of the river. The length of the improved trail in this section is 4,224 feet.
Route 11 Viaduct to State Road Bridge – Rehabilitation of the State Route 11 Bridge, presently underway, provides an important opportunity to locate a clearly delineated trailhead and staging area at the southern terminus of the park trail. An access road and clearing area were cut to facilitate construction activities providing a logical area to locate a parking lot for trail users. This final length of improved trail and bridle path will be 1,803 feet.