Source: Local 12
By: Jenna Cisneros
Wasson Way's trails connect communities once divided by a major roadway, and leaders behind the project are asking for community support and input in the New Year.
The Wasson Way Trail network creates a ladder to opportunity for 83,000 people living in eight Cincinnati neighborhoods and three municipalities along the trail.
“CROWN stands for the Cincinnati Riding or Walking Network. It's going to be a network of 34-mile urban loop of multipurpose trail that goes around the city of Cincinnati, and Wasson Way is the first major leg of it that's being completed right now,” Sean McGrory, board president for Wasson Way, said.
The biking and walking path helps connect many of the east side communities, from Xavier University through Hyde Park.
“2021 is really going to be a breakout year for the CROWN. In a strange way, the pandemic and everything that's accompanied it has really shone a light on why a project like this is so vital to the city. With adversity comes opportunity, and this is an opportunity to really bring the city together,” McGrory said.
Phase 3 connecting Madison Road to Marburg Avenue was completed this past November, but the work to reach the end goal is far from over.
“We want to do landscaping. We want to plant probably 100 trees along Wasson Road. We want to put in some bushes and some other landscaping to make it more attractive,” Jay Andress, co-founder of Wasson Way, said.
“Phase 4 is going to start in the spring, and it’s going to connect going...east to Ault Park, so it'll connect one of the great assets to the city, Ault Park, and ultimately in 2022, then we're going to go west and connect up to the Uptown Innovation District and the University of Cincinnati,” McGrory said.
As we enter 2021, the organization is asking for more community input.
“Come out, share your voices, let us know how you're using the trail, what you'd like to see and join us on this journey,” McGrory said.
Click here for a closer look at the timeline.