Trails connect parks and provide routes to explore nature. Pictured is a new extension of the Wabash Cannonball Trail through Side Cut. Metroparks is asking for the public’s help to prepare grant requests for two other upcoming trail projects.
Your Feedback Needed
Metroparks is applying for two state grants for trail improvements, and you can help by taking two very short surveys. Your replies will be helpful for Metroparks to demonstrate public feedback about each of the projects.
BLUE CREEK TRAIL
A perimeter trail at Blue Creek Metropark in Whitehouse. The trail would provide a bike and pedestrian connection from the historic downtown area on the northern edge of the property to the historic farm at the southern edge of the property. In future phases, the trail would be extended to create a loop around the former Nona France Quarry.
Take survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/bluecreektrail
OAK OPENINGS CORRIDOR TRAIL
A two-mile, bicycle and pedestrian trail connecting Secor and Wiregrass Lake Metroparks. The trail will provide bicycle and pedestrian access to natural areas in a region known as the Oak Openings Corridor.
Take survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Oakopenings
It's that time of year again! Please take a moment to review and complete your 2016 annual assessment and submit your check today. Let's do our part to have 100% participation by the payment deadline of March 1, 2016. You should have received your assessment in the mail this month (January). If you did not receive, blank forms are available: CLICK HERE
Complete and mail, along with your check to:
SJWPOA C/O Cowan Group, Inc.
5660 Southwyck Blvd Ste 100
Toledo, OH 43614
If you have any questions, please contact Andy Walsh, Statutory Agent, at (419) 699-5483
Please be sure to include your email address and note the invoice number on your check.
Sylvania Branch 1st Facility Built Since 1984
"It's been 30 years almost," Toledo-Lucas County Library Director Clyde Scoles said. "The planning commission, back well before I arrived here, began to point out the fact that the western tier of Lucas County will need something. We began to look at that in the 80s and the 90s, and it came to fruition in the last couple of years when this site became available."
The 15,000-square-foot library will be the first new branch since the Holland Branch was built in 1984.
The library will be built on 7 acres of land along King Road near Sylvania Avenue. Mr. Scoles said there is large demand for a library at the King Road location, which is near Southview High School.
“We began to look at library cardholders, geography, automobile traffic, and population congestion," Mr. Scoles said. "We wanted to be where people would be safe, yet at the same time be accessible, and we felt that this site made the best case.”
Speakers at Tuesday’s ceremony included U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R, Bowling Green), state Rep. Barbara Sears (R, Monclova Township), Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough, library board President Sheila Odesky and Brad Bertke, president and CEO of Mercy St. Anne Hospital.
Spieker Co., a Perrysburg Township contractor, will oversee the construction of the King Road branch after library trustees approved the company's $6,786,000 bid.
HBM Architects of Cleveland and Buehrer Group Architecture in Maumee are the architects of the project.
The plan is for the King Road branch to open in about a year
“This area just keeps developing, and this library is going to be a jewel in that," Mr. Stough said. “It's going to be a real gem and a showplace. It's going to have all the latest library technology and all the latest thinking about how libraries can best serve our residents. It's going to be a great asset to add to the quality of life here in Sylvania.”
The King Road branch, which will be the 19th branch and the 20th location in the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library system, will feature a drive-in window, collaborative meeting rooms, an interactive children’s area and technology such as 3-D printers, and scanners.
“Public libraries are transformative and this new branch library will be a culmination of transforming people by supporting exploration and learning that drives individual opportunity,” Mr. Scoles said. “We are committed in the library system to advancing the legacy of reading and developing a digitally inclusive society.”
Reprinted with permission of The Blade, 2015
The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is proud to announce a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the King Road Branch Library in Sylvania, OH. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 11 in the grassy area off King Road near the Sylvania Avenue intersection - Look for the tent.
The groundbreaking is scheduled to include brief remarks from Library Director Clyde Scoles; the Honorable Congressman Bob Latta, 5th District; the Honorable Representative Barbara Sears, 47th District; the Honorable Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough, and Library Board President Sheila Odesky. Sylvania City and Sylvania Township community leaders, and guests are also planning to attend the outdoor ceremony, which is open to the public.
The King Road Branch Library is expected to take about one year to complete, and will address the increasing population growth and demand for library services in the western portion of Lucas County. The branch will be built on seven acres and measure about 15,000-square-feet upon completion.
Visualization of the new traffic flow for the Interstate 475/U.S. Route 23 and Central Ave. Interchange in the Toledo area. Provided by ODOT