GREEN  Promoting forms of transportation other than cars is something Green officials hope to do through constructing additional sidewalks and trails through the city. Officials launched a Master Connectivity Plan Community Survey to gather input on existing and potential future connections that would serve walkers, bikers and runners.

Green Community Development Administrator Sarah Haring said when it comes to doing grants, the city looks at existing trails and sidewalks and works to determine where to go next. The city recently received a $28,800 grant from AMATS Connecting Community Planning Grants program to create the Green Master Connectivity Plan.

"Understanding where and how our residents want to walk and bike helps us achieve a more dynamic system of trails and sidewalks," said Haring.

A survey is open through the end of June to gather input on where to go next with sidewalks and trails. In addition to the survey, the city will be working with Environmental Design Group, which will look over the data, hold public meetings and design the final plan for future connections.

Haring said while there will be a lot of public input, it will be a timely process.

In addition to constructing additional connectivity in the city limits, Green officials are looking at neighboring communities to see where connections could be made such as the Towpath Trail and trails in neighboring Stark County.

During the past few years, the city has focused on connecting the center of Green with the addition of Central Park. Sidewalks were added along Steese Road to connect Green Intermediate School and Green Middle School along with several nearby neighborhoods. Trails and sidewalks were also built along Shriver Road for the Portage Lakes Career Center.

Haring said the big question is what comes next as, she said, there are a lot of great connections in the city that could be made. She imagines some of the upcoming connections will be making connections near city parks to make it easier for residents to walk or ride their bike to the parks.

"Lets find out where people want to go," Haring said.

As new development has come to the city, officials have been working developers to make sure sidewalks are a part of the plan.

The city has already received more than 200 responses to the survey as the master plan is expected to be completed by the end of this year or early next year. 

"This is all about alternative transportation," Haring said. "How do you get from point A to point B without a car."

The survey will be available through June 30 by visiting www.cityofgreen.org/master-connectivity-plan.