Erie MetroParks officials have pinpointed more than just a few things wrong with an outdated, albeit popular, property.
It’s pushing almost 25 years since The Coupling MetroPark received a major overhaul — well past due for a makeover, officials contend.
Park officials recently outlined plans to give the property — tailored for canoe rides, bald eagle watches and nostalgic railroad sights — a facelift, costing area taxpayers upwards of $70,000. All work should start and end sometime this year.
Some upgrades tentatively planned include repairs to the station house’s roof, kitchen and bathroom. “We haven’t done anything really substantial to improve one of the more popular MetroParks since we acquired that property in 1991” park commissioner Kurt Landefeld said.
Since 2011, park officials have booked about 200 separate meeting reservations and overnight stays in on-site cabooses.
The refurbished cars pay homage to the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad. “Scout troops and others enjoy being able to stay there, so we are going to make improvements to make it a little bit better,” Landefeld said. “We need to maintain the buildings we have. That is part of our general responsibility”
The Coupling MetroPark
• WHAT: A 20-acre public property offering seasonal access for small boats, bank fishing sites and a one-mile nature trail. People can also participate in park-sponsored canoe sessions and rent an authentic railroad station house for overnight purposes
• WHERE: 11618 Mudbrook Road (Ohio 13), just south of Mason Road East
• HOURS: 8 a.m. to dusk daily
• CALL: 419-625-7783, ext. 221