New bridge links parks and people on future riverwalk

Press Staff Writer

        A bike/pedestrian bridge over Main Street, connecting Glass City Metropark and International Park in East Toledo, is officially open.
        Metroparks Commissioner Lera Doneghy and East Toledo Family Center Executive Director Jodi Gross cut the ribbon to the bridge July 21.
         Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, TMACOG vice-president for transportation Dave Gedeon and Metroparks Commission Kevin Dalton spoke at a small gathering hosted by Metroparks of the Toledo Area Executive Director Dave Zenk. Members of the Toledo Roadrunners then ran across the new span.
        “Building bridges is a theme in this era of Metroparks history,” Zenk said. “As the park system turns 94 years old Aug. 1, we are well underway with the largest project in our agency’s history – Glass City Riverwalk, which will connect six neighborhoods and both sides of the Maumee River.
        “But I’m also talking about building bridges as a metaphor,” Zenk said. “We are working every day to connect people and parks.”
        The 110 ft. long by 20 ft. wide, tied-arch style bridge was designed by SmithGroup and constructed by Moser Construction, and 80 percent of the cost was paid for with a nearly $1 million federal grant secured by TMACOG.


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