A portion of the old railway that would transform into the Wasson Way trail. (FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -
The federal government passed on granting $20 million to a proposed 7.6 mile trail through Cincinnati’s East Side.
The Wasson Way bike and walking trail would transform an old railway into a mixed use greenway. The TIGER grant could have covered the majority of the project, Vice Mayor David Mann said earlier this year.
The non-profit dedicated to raising funds for Wasson Way was notified Thursday that the trail did not receive the grant, according to Susan Schaefer, President of the Wasson Way Project.
Schaefer says the project must now rely on private donations and the Cincinnati parks tax charter amendment – a levy on the ballot in next week’s elections. If the levy passes, it would create a property tax to fund city parks.
Wasson Way would start on Victory Parkway near Xavier University and travel through 12 neighborhoods to end at the Little Miami Bike trail. The project has been compared to New York City’s High Line greenway.
Supporters say the full trail is expected to impact about 100,000 people living near its path and could significantly increase property values in the area.
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