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Portage Hike and Bike Trail - Tannery Segment


Project Location:   Fred Fuller Park to Tannery Park

Project Budget:    $1,194,000

Project Schedule:


                 Design Start Date              October 2009      

                Construction Start Date      March  2012     

                Project Finish                      November 2012




This segment of The Portage to be constructed will begin at a trailhead on the east side of Middlebury Road. The trail will continue east to an existing aggregate trail within Fred Fuller Park.

The project includes the construction of a multi-use trail facility consisting of a 10’ wide asphalt trail on grade, a 176’ bridge crossing the Cuyahoga River and 750’ of boardwalk.


In 2009, the Cuyahoga River segment of the Portage was opened ending at the south end of Fred Fuller Park.  This next phase will continue the trail from Fred Fuller, along the river, to the John Brown Tannery Park.

Multiple alternates were explored to determine the best alignment.  Factors that were considered as part of the alternate alignment study included; environmental impact, historical impact, construction and maintenance cost, trail experience, utility involvement and impact to adjoining property.



Project Status:
  • Completed November 2012
  • Dedication ceremony, Spring 2013



Rhonda Boyd, P.E., P.S

Senior Engineer

Phone: 330-678-8106

Email: boyd@kent-ohio.org

  City of Kent

Department of Public Service

Division of Engineering