Huntington breaks ground on newest trail

Turning dirt in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the City of Huntington’s newest trail on Monday, April 10, are (from left) Seth Boyd, of DLZ, the company that designed the trail; Jim Dinius, a member of the Huntington Redevelopment Commission; Jim Lewis, president of the Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association; Greg Smitley, of Huntington University; Mayor Brooks Fetters; Dave Westropp, of Wayne Asphalt, the company that will build the trail; Bryn Keplinger, director of Community Development and Redevelopment for the city; and Anthony Goodnight, the city’s director of Public Works and Engineering Services.
Turning dirt in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the City of Huntington’s newest trail on Monday, April 10, are (from left) Seth Boyd, of DLZ, the company that designed the trail; Jim Dinius, a member of the Huntington Redevelopment Commission; Jim Lewis, president of the Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association; Greg Smitley, of Huntington University; Mayor Brooks Fetters; Dave Westropp, of Wayne Asphalt, the company that will build the trail; Bryn Keplinger, director of Community Development and Redevelopment for the city; and Anthony Goodnight, the city’s director of Public Works and Engineering Services. Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Construction of the City of Huntington’s newest trail officially got underway on Monday, April 10, with a ceremonial groundbreaking at Yeoman Park — the midpoint of this segment of the Erie Rail Trail.

Digging was set to begin by the end of this week, said Dave Westropp of Wayne Asphalt, the company responsible for the trail’s construction.

The trail segment should be complete by mid to late summer, he said.

The 1.2-mile trail segment will begin at the Erie Bridge, follow Briant Street to Yeoman Park, make its way through the park, cross Old U.S.-24 and terminate behind the Forest Glen baseball diamond at Huntington University, Mayor Brooks Fetters said.

In conjunction with the trail construction, city officials previously announced plans to pave two parking lots and construct a dog park at Yeoman Park.

Future improvements at the park will include construction of a BMX course.

Construction of the Little River Trail along Riverside Drive, which began last summer, should be completed this spring with the addition of pedestrian barriers along the street and a top coat of asphalt on the trail.