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City of Tiffin receives $22,000 grant for improvements to South River Road Trail

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Tiffin, Ohio — The City of Tiffin has received a $22,000 grant for improvements to the South River Road Trail. The grant, which was provided by the Tiffin Community Foundation through the Access to Recreation Fund, will be used to fund nearly half of the $48,740 project, which is scheduled to begin in the spring.

The proposed project includes the construction of a river overlook on the existing South River Road Trail between Ella Street and South Sandusky Street. The outlook will involve the cleanup of the site as well as installation of a concrete pad and decorative steel cable railing. This is an extension of a 2020 project, in which the City of Tiffin installed a cul-de-sac on South River Road and converted the northern portion of the former roadway to a trail, according to a press release from the city.

These improvements were made to promote a safer pedestrian access route for students walking to and from the Tiffin Middle School, to continue to build the city’s trail system, curb illegal dumping and speeding and reduce future maintenance costs on a roadway located within an area prone to flooding, according to the release.

The grant is from the Access to Recreation Fund, which was made possible by The W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Through this grant, and the generosity of local donors, the initiative was used for the construction of five ADA accessible projects which allow everyone, regardless of physical abilities, to visit and enjoy the peace and beauty of nature and the recreational opportunities available at these improved parks and nature preserves. An endowment fund also was established to maintain and create future projects that meet the guidelines of the Access to Recreation initiative, the release states.

Mayor Dawn Iannantuono said in the release, “Thank you to the Board of Trustees of the Tiffin Community Foundation for providing these funds to the City of Tiffin, and to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation which funded the Access to Recreation Fund. Through your support, we will be able to continue to invest in our trails to provide a safe route for our youth and continued promotion of our active transportation plan.”

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