(Parma Heights) - Local leaders and residents celebrated the Grand Opening of the Parma Heights - Big Creek Connector Trail linking Greenbrier Commons to Cleveland Metroparks Big Creek Reservation trail system.

The Grand Opening ceremony featured guest speakers Parma Heights Mayor Michael Byrne and Brian Zimmerman, CEO of the Cleveland Metroparks. The ceremony was held at the entrance to the trail located behind the N.E.O. Soccer Building in Greenbrier Commons, located at 6184 Pearl Road in Parma Heights.

Brian Zimmerman, Cleveland Metroparks CEO told Newsradio WTAM 1100 most of the cost was paid for through federal grants. It believes such projects helps Northeast Ohio retain and attract residents.

Brian Zimmerman & Michael Byrne

Parma Heights Mayor Michael Byrne explained, “The connector trail provides a convenient avenue to Big Creek Reservation for our residents while opening Greenbrier Commons at the heart of our city and our business district to the thousands of people who use Big Creek Reservation.”

The new 1,000-foot-long trail and 116-foot bridge spanning Big Creek can be accessed through the existing all purpose trail in Big Creek Reservation and from two locations in Greenbrier Commons: the City’s fitness trail by the entrance to the Cassidy Theater and via the new trailhead behind the N.E.O Soccer facility.

The trail features a unique stabilized aggregate surface composed of recycled brick and concrete. “The connector offers new opportunities for a wide range of activities including hiking, walking, jogging, nature discovery, wildlife observation and nature photography,” added Byrne.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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