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New Greenspace Under Fairchild Bridge Taking Shape

Amphitheater style setting on west bank of Cuyahoga River under construction

New greenspace that will link two of Kent's popular parks is under construction beneath the new Fairchild Avenue Bridge.

Workers are building the new park area that occupies a large portion of the west bank of the Cuyahoga River between the new bridge, the new pedestrian bridge under construction and River Edge Park.

The park will tie together The Portage Hike and Bike Trail, which will cross the river near Lake Street, with River Edge Park, which spans from the new greenspace south along the river to John Brown Tannery Park where construction was recently finished on a new section of The Portage trail.

The stepped amphitheater style space is being created with sandstones that formed the base of the old Crain Avenue Bridge, which was demolished last year.

The work is part of the more than $20 million bridge project.

Sa;;y February 11, 2013 at 11:52 AM
Sounds like it's going to be a really nice place to walk or bike. Glad they are able to reuse the sandstones from the old bridge.
Marilyn Sessions February 11, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Looks terrific - can't wait until it's done, what a great spot this will be!
Karen A. Shaw February 11, 2013 at 07:51 PM
This end of town is really looking great! More like a welcoming vacation spot than the old Kent.
William Gibson February 14, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Thats pretty cool. AND it will take some attention away from the giant bulge on the new bridge that is just above the high side of the tunnel!
Patricia February 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
It's just a few blocks away from me and I can't wait until it's done and we can start using it. Looking good.

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