First phase of Lisbon walking path now complete

Mike Parkes and his two grandsons, Danny (left) and Gavin, try out Lisbon’s new exercise path. (Submitted photo)

LISBON — Lisbon has completed the first phase of a $75,000 project to install a walking path, complete with exercise stations, benches and solar lighting at the village’s Cedar Street park.

Groundbreaking on the path took place last week and asphalting was finished early this week, Lisbon Mayor Peter Wilson said. Exercise stations, lighting and benches will be installed later in the coming weeks.

“Our residents have already started using the path,” said Wilson. “The path is a great addition to the park.”

Lisbon received the funds as part of the state’s biennial budget in 2020.

“The path was the idea of our former park manager Dana Blackburn,” Wilson said. “We had like a week to ready our application and Dana went out of her way to get the specs ready so we could apply.”

The path winds around the periphery of the park, including the football practice field, and totals about a third of a mile long.

R&R Paving was awarded the contract to do the path, and Howells & Baird was the engineering firm.

“I have been waiting for this exercise path for almost 2 years and now that it’s done I couldn’t be more amazed about how great it looks,” said Councilwoman Linda Donnalley who heads the park committee. “We have three pieces of exercise equipment that should be arriving in six weeks or so along with lighting all around the track that will make people feel safer while walking in the evening.”

Wilson and Donnalley both thanked state officials, including Senator Mike Rulli and Representative Tim Ginter, for their roles in securing the funding.

Lisbon also was awarded $100,000 the same year to build a replacement bridge that would link the Greenway Trail to Willow Grove Park. The village is currently applying for additional funds to get that project off the ground.


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