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The Suburbanite
  • Canton to dedicate biking, hiking trail

  • A new five-mile hiking and biking trail will be dedicated Tuesday at the Timken Gatehouse in Stadium Park.

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  •  A new five-mile hiking and biking trail will be dedicated Tuesday at the Timken Gatehouse in Stadium Park.
    Residents are invited to the 1:30 p.m. dedication of the new West Branch trail. They can participate in a guided bike ride or a history hike along the west branch of the Nimishillen following the dedication. Light refreshments will be served.
    The limestone recreational trail starts in the Ninth Street and Schroyer Avenue SW area, meanders through West Park, Waterworks Park, Monument Park and Stadium Parks, crosses Fulton Road NW, continues north through Ink Park and ends at Covered Bridge Park at 4500 Guilford Ave. NW.
    A $445,000 state grant and money from Canton City and Stark County Park District funded its construction.
    BIT OF HISTORY
    On the trail, visitors will pass some of Canton’s history, said Doug Perry, director of the Canton Park System. He said visitors will see where the Canton Water Department pump house, a brewery, the Dueber-Hampden Watch Works, Mother Gooseland and a brick company once stood.
    He also noted that part of the trail runs through Ink Park, originally donated by the family of Harry Ink out of his estate. Ink was the originator of the drugstore soda fountain, inventor of Tonsiline (throat gargle), owner of Aplink Orchards and builder of the Palace Theatre.
    OTHER TRAILS COMING
    Stark Parks Director Robert Fonte said the park district already is working with city officials on other trails in Canton that eventually will encircle the city and tie into other Stark Park trails. The East Branch trail, which will begin at Schreiber Park on Maple Avenue NE and end near Martindale Park at 4001 Martindale Road NE, is under construction.
    In 2001, the city and park district partnered to create a short stretch of trail in the Mahoning Road NE area called the Stark Electric Railway Trail.
    A downtown loop also is planned.
    Trail dedication
    Who  Canton City and Stark County Park District officials and residents
    When  1:30 p.m. Tuesday
    Where  Timken Gatehouse at Stadium Park
    What  Dedication ceremony to celebrate the completion of a five-mile hiking and biking trails that meanders from Ninth Street SW through West Park, Water Works Park, Monument and Stadium parks, crosses Fulton Road and continues north through Ink Park and ends at Covered Bridge Park.