The path to safety and accessibility

A new multipurpose path is near completion on the Park Avenue side of Cowling Park in London.

(Posted July 16, 2020)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Improvements continue at Cowling Park in London.

A new multipurpose path on the park’s north side is near completion. The path runs parallel to Park Avenue, between Main and Walnut streets.

“The asphalt is done. They’re putting dirt and (grass) seeding around it,” said Amy Rees, president of the non-profit London Community Organization (LCO).

The path’s installation was bundled with the Park Avenue reconstruction project currently in progress and funded primarily by an Ohio Public Works Commission grant.

Additional paths will criss-cross other sections of the park. Installation likely will take place this month or next month. Funds raised for Access Cowling, the project that brought playground equipment accessible to children of all abilities to the park, will cover the cost of the additional paths. Access Cowling falls under LCO’s umbrella.

“The multipurpose path is going to make Park Avenue a lot safer,” Rees said. “And we’re excited to make the whole park accessible for everyone. While we expect to see stroller and wheelchair traffic, we also think that with all the paths running through the park, people will come out to walk and jog, too.”

Improvements in the area also include new sidewalks with handicap ramps. The two small parking lots on the north side of the park are being repaved, and handicap parking spaces will be designated for the first time.

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