The trail’s circumference now tallies a total of 4944 feet, just 336 feet short of a full mile.
“We love this trail and are out here almost every night,” said Josh and Kristen Aspin, whose back yard bumps up to Freer Field. “It is a great place for toddlers like ours to burn some energy.”
Steve Huber, who is commended for spearheading the project, intended it for that very thing. Huber said he initiated the project for the purpose of giving students at Dale Roy School a safe place to stretch their legs and get some exercise.
Now Huber loves seeing the rest of the Ashland community enjoying the pathway. Huber said that he frequently comes out to the trail in the evenings just to see people getting good use out of it.
Many Atowners have likely walked the initial instalment of the pathway during Ashland’s Balloonfest or while hiking the wooded trails over the last two years. It extended from just inside the woods along Park Street and curved to follow Morgan Avenue to its end point at Dale Roy School.
Now the trail continues past the back end of the school and back into the woods. It then winds through the trees to connect with its starting point.
While there is some slightly rolling inclines at the southwestern portion of the trail, most of the trail is relatively flat. Huber said that their desire was to keep it as level as possible so that way so that students at Dale Roy students could easily move about on it.
The first leg of the pathway was put in place in 2013 as a result of public funding that was obtained. The latest blacktop was installed as a result of funding that came through private donations.
At this time there is no plans to pave any more trails. Huber said that the Ashland County Parks District intends to maintain the natural trails as they are.