Especially west of center Grove, the most avid users of the trail are probably runners. Hundreds train here weekly for marathons and other tests of endurance. But casual cyclists and some commuters use it regularly, and the broken pavement and narrow spots where trees and other plants reach over the path have been a concern for years. So have impatient drivers who park on the path or even drive on it during busy hours.
The board's approval was unanimous, but qualified. The conditions applied included:
- Any trees removed from the right of way are to get replacements, also in the right of way, within 200 feet of the original.
- Only trees indicated on the plans may be removed.
- The path be marked for the use of bikes and pedestrians only.
Thanks to Peter Schuetz of Green Mobility Network for the photos.