Partnerships Pave the Way for Iron Horse Trail Extensions

Stark Parks, in partnership with the City of Alliance and the University of Mount Union, will be starting work to connect the Iron Horse Trail to the Mahoning Valley Trail. The connection will be made through the university campus and downtown Alliance, and will link the two trails at Earley’s Hill Park. In November of 2018, the park district was awarded $417,195 from the Clean Ohio Trail Fund through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to develop the crushed limestone off-road portions of the trail from the northern end of the Iron Horse Trail at the intersection of State St. and Clark Ave. to the southern portion of the Mahoning Valley Trail at the intersection of Prospect St. and Mechanic Ave.

Work will begin on Mount Union’s campus, beginning with clearing brush trees between 11th St. and E. Simpson Street along Union Ave., and between E. Summit St. and E. Broadway St. behind the Rodman Public Library. Crews will be cleaning up the area and clearing paths, making way for the 10-foot-wide bike and pedestrian trail. Tree clearing will end by March 31, 2019, as roosting season begins for the Indiana Bat. The Stark Parks Natural Resources Department has ensured that brood-rearing habitat will remain untouched in compliance with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Once the underbrush removal is complete through this area, grading work will begin to flatten and smooth the trail surface. Some of the trail connections will be made on-road with short segments of concrete or asphalt as they are required and off-road sections will be primarily crushed limestone. Work on this project will continue throughout the summer.

This is the second interagency partnership project among Stark Parks, the City of Alliance, and the University of Mount Union for the Iron Horse Trail.

Hartshorn to Glamorgan Map

Glamorgan to Prospect Map