The Valley Parkway Connector Trail project will be built in two phases to fill a ±6.0 mile “missing link” in the Emerald Necklace All-Purpose Trail (APT) along Valley Parkway between Brecksville Road and Ridge Road in the cities of Brecksville, Broadview Heights, and North Royalton.
About the Valley Parkway Connector Trail
Construction of this 10-foot-wide paved multi-purpose trail will allow bicyclists and pedestrians the opportunity to travel safely off of the Valley Parkway roadway. When complete, there will be continuous APT from Detroit Avenue in Rocky River Reservation in Lakewood to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Towpath Trail in Brecksville Reservation, a distance of 32 miles. This trail has been identified as a priority in numerous plans, including the 2009 Valley Parkway Trail Alignment Study, made possible through NOACA’s Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative program.
Phase I will extend the existing APT from Brecksville Reservation at Brecksville Road in the city of Brecksville to Broadview Road in the city of Broadview Heights. Construction began in summer 2016 and the trail will open in 2017.
- Funding for the project comes from federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Improvement Program funds, administered through NOACA; the Clean Ohio Trail Fund, administered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; the Cities of Brecksville and Broadview Heights; and Cleveland Metroparks.
Phase II will extend the new trail from the end of Phase I at Broadview Road in the city of Broadview Heights to Ridge Road in the city of North Royalton, where it will connect to the existing APT at the Stuhr Woods Picnic Area and on to Mill Stream Run Reservation. Tree clearing will begin in March 2017, and construction is scheduled to start in summer 2017 and the trail will be open in 2018.
- Funding for the project comes from the Clean Ohio Trail Fund, administered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; the Cities of Broadview Heights and North Royalton; and Cleveland Metroparks.