Perkins officials recently took a big step to create a massive walking trail around a popular park.
Earlier this week, construction crews broke ground on building 1.25 miles of trails around Strickfaden Park on Bell Avenue.
The project, which should take about six weeks to complete, strives to promote a healthier lifestyle and better quality of life for community members.
“This walkway is going to be a great addition to the area,” township trustee Tim Coleman said.
Park visitors can walk, run or bike on the trails, which should lead into nearby neighborhoods and provide several access points into the 28-acre park.
Trustees can build the trails, costing about $176,800, after obtaining a state grant.
The state grant reimburses 80 percent of the total cost up to a maximum of $150,000.
If the estimate price holds, then the funding breakdown would look something like this:
• $176,800: total estimated price.
• $120,000: maximum amount township officials can receive through a reimbursement.
• $56,800: leftover amount township trustees must pay through their budget, largely backed by area taxpayers.
• WHAT: Work recently began to construct a 1.25 miles of trails around the Bell Avenue park.
• WHY: To connect neighborhoods and further develop the park. About half of the township’s 12,000 residents live within a mile of the park. The trails would also complement the baseball field.
• COST: The estimated cost totals about $176,800. The township received a state grant that should cover about $120,000. Township funds will likely cover the remaining $56,800.