Brock said the city’s development staff is looking to apply for the grant assistance to construct Monroe’s portion of about two miles of the trail now that the city has acquired the Bicentennial Commons Park area, formerly known as Americana amusement park and LeSourdsville Lake.
“With the donation of the Bicentennial Commons land, the majority of property along the Great Miami Trail is essentially owned by a government organization including Monroe, MetroParks of Butler County, or the Miami Conservancy District,” he said.
Council has previously approved engineering and surveying costs for the trail and the estimated construction cost is $1.3 million to $1.4 million depending on alternatives.
Brock said staff is currently not requesting funding for the portion of the trail outside of the city limits that continues along the old Crystal Tissue paper property terminating at South Main Street in the Excello area.
Brock said without the continuation of the trail to a logical trailhead in the South Main Street area, it could hurt Monroe’s potential funding award. He said if council wishes to endorse this area, Monroe can attempt to include it as well. Brock said both MetroParks and MCD are supportive of the project and will be providing letters of support for the grant application.