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For Immediate Release
News Date: April 23, 2021

Alternative Selected for Olentangy Trail Completion

COLUMBUS, OH – Based on public input and technical analysis, the City of Columbus has selected

Alternative 2 as the route to close the gap from Clinton-Como Park to Northmoor Park on the Olentangy

Trail. This will complete the trail and enhance connectivity for thousands of walkers, cyclists and runners. The Olentangy Trail is the busiest trail in central Ohio with more than 1,000 bicycle and pedestrian trips a day on many parts of the trail.


“We know that Columbus’ parks and trails add to the community’s quality of life,” said Paul Rakosky, interim director of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. “The completion of the Olentangy Trail has been on the books since the 1970s so we are excited to finish the trail and improve east-west connections across the Olentangy River. We thank everyone in the community who gave us thoughtful feedback and ideas. This project is better because of those suggestions. The City’s investment in the completion of the Trail is another example of our commitment to providing Columbus residents with improved mobility options and access to healthy activities.”

The 14-mile, dedicated shared-use path currently has a 0.6-mile gap from Clinton Como Park to Northmoor Park where trail users must share city streets with motor vehicles along a 1-mile, on-street segment of signed trail.


From the north, Alternative 2 will travel south from Northmoor Park, go west on a new bridge over the Olentangy River and continue to West North Broadway at Ohio Health Boulevard. From there, the trail will cross West North Broadway at the intersection and continue south, with a bridge over Slyh Run and the Olentangy River, to connect with Clinton-Como Park. The bridges will span across the river without piers. There will be easements needed from adjacent business owners along a portion of the route.


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