Visitors of the Kewash Trail will soon have a new starting point as the Kirkwood connection is set to be complete by June 1.
Washington County Conservation Director Zach Rozmus said because of grants used to fund the project, everything must be complete by June 1 regardless of weather conditions. The connection will start at the Kirkwood parking lot and carry on to connect with the Kewash as it meets at Willow Pond.
“It’s going to happen quick. Hopefully this week we’re going to have concrete happening too, so it’s going to happen quick but it has to because we have a tight timeline,” he said.
Participants can look forward to a new outdoor space as well as a pavilion and picnic area that have been included in the plan.
“There will be a pavilion. We’ll have a picnic area under there and we’ll have some bike racks,” he said. “So we’re getting a trailhead out of it and Kirkwood’s getting the benefit of having the pavilion right there for family to go out there and eat lunch, or, you know, even someone who’s in between classes can go out there and enjoy the outdoors as well.”
Last fall, the stretch of the trail lying east of Highway 1 was paved and Rozmus said the goal is to eventually pave down to Crooked Creek Bridge, but that is a project that will arise at a later date.
“We got another TAP (transportation alternatives program) grant that hopefully we’re going to get all the way up to the bridge. So that will extend it about another mile-and-a-half of the actual pavement ... That’s not going to happen overnight; obviously that’s something that we have to make sure we match part of that, but in the next two to three years I’d like to see us get to the bridge.”