Indian Trails Park is notable for its abundance of access locations throughout the length of the Park/Ashtabula River corridor. At the northern portion of the Park known as Tannery Hill, vehicle access to the Park can be found from Columbus Avenue on the east side or the north end of the Main Street commercial corridor on the west side of the river. Further south on the Park trail, pedestrian access could be made available on the east and west side of the river with the rehabilitation of sandstone stairways constructed in the 1930s as a Work Progress Administration (WPA) project.
The first set of stairs is located at the intersection of Valleyview Boulevard and Spring Street Bridge on the east side of the river. This area is adjacent to a substantial population center with schools, businesses and residential neighborhoods. Crossing the Spring Street Bridge leads to the center of Ashtabula’s business/retail district. More stairs lead to the Gulf from South Main Avenue on the west side of the river. Rehabilitation of these steps would enable pedestrian access to the Park directly from Ashtabula’s Main Avenue commercial corridor.
South Main Avenue intersects West 58th Street leading to another park access point to the west side of the riverbank. Importantly, the West 58th Street entrance is only 1 mile from the Western Reserve Greenway Trail. The Trail will provide a unique linkage to the proposed 88-mile bike path that, when completed, will connect the Ohio River with Lake Erie, ending in the Ashtabula Harbor area.
The popular Greenway Trail presently has 7 miles paved with an additional 13 miles to be completed in the next phase.
Access on the east side of the river is also available at East 51st Street; a residential neighborhood. This gated access point could allow cars to travel down to the river plain for park activities.
Finally, the southern boundary of the Park is accessible at the State Road entrance and includes vehicle parking. In all, there are five locations from which visitors can gain access to the park. Rehabilitation of the WPA steps would provide an additional two access points for pedestrians. (See Park Access Location Map; following page)