Tiffin Community Foundation provides funds for nearly half the project cost

TIFFIN, Ohio – Jan. 17, 2023 – The City of Tiffin recently was the recipient of a $22,000 grant through the Tiffin Community Foundation for improvements to the existing South River Road Trail. The grant funds nearly half of the $48,740 project, which is scheduled to begin in the spring.

The proposed project includes construction of a river overlook on the existing South River Road Trail between Ella Street and South Sandusky Street. The outlook will involve the cleanup of the site as well as installation of a concrete pad and decorative steel cable railing. This is the continuation of a 2020 project, in which the City of Tiffin installed a cul-de-sac on South River Road and converted the northern portion of the former roadway to a trail.

These improvements were made to promote a safer pedestrian access route for students walking to and from the Tiffin Middle School, to continue to build the city's trail system, curb illegal dumping and speeding and reduce future maintenance costs on a roadway located within an area prone to flooding.

The grant is from the Access to Recreation Fund, which was made possible by The W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In 2009, an Access to Recreation Grant was awarded by The W.K. Kellogg Foundation to the Tiffin Community Foundation for the benefit of the Seneca County Parks and Recreation Department and Tiffin University Nature Preserve. Through this grant and the generosity of local donors, this initiative was used for the construction of five ADA accessible projects which allow everyone, regardless of physical abilities, to visit and enjoy the peace and beauty of nature and the recreational opportunities available at these improved parks and nature preserves.  An endowment fund also was established to maintain and create future projects that meet the guidelines of the Access to Recreation initiative.

Mayor Dawn Iannantuono said, “Thank you to the Board of Trustees of the Tiffin Community Foundation for providing these funds to the City of Tiffin, and to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation which funded the Access to Recreation Fund. Through your support, we will be able to continue to invest in our trails to provide a safe route for our youth and continued promotion of our active transportation plan.