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Walking trail to open in about two weeks

Walkers, runners, bike riders, rollerbladers and even pets in need of a place to hit the trails won’t have to wait much longer.

The city of Troy’s new walking trail has plans to be open for use by Aug. 1.

That’s what Bob Carter, project engineer with Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, said after visiting the site Wednesday with a trail inspector and Troy Parks and Recreation Director Dan Smith.

“We went out there and looked at it (Wednesday),” Smith said.

“We had a few minor punch list items to complete, and we are hopeful that will be done in one to two weeks.”

Carter said those “punch list” items include things like landscaping and drainage issues, as well as moving some of the dirt around.

“There were just a few minor things that are not exactly the way we wanted them,” Carter said.

The one-mile of paved trail extends through the wooded area of the Troy Sportsplex and is a sight Carter said he believes many residents will enjoy once its opened.

“There’s beautiful woods, nice trees, a couple of streams and a wooden bridge you can walk on,” Carter said.

“It’s a real pretty place down there, and I’m sure over the years there will be more landscaping added and it will be kind of a natural setting.”

In addition to the one-mile trail that has been constructed, there is an approximately two-mile natural trail Smith said many residents already use for exercise.

And, the new and old trails have been connected to make a total three-mile loop.

Carter said the “natural” portion of the trail has already been marked off by Smith for use.

The paved portion of the trail begins at the parking lot near the Sportsplex and extends into the woods, shaped like Carter describes as the number nine.

The trail will be marked with a sign at its entrance.

Carter said the long-term goal for the Sportsplex is to have a trail extend around the entire complex.