Rep. Antonio Applauds Federal Grant To Bolster Cleveland Metroparks' Transit Project
Nearly $1M to build more bicycle, pedestrian trails as part of "Reconnecting Cleveland" project

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) recently announced the release of $7.95 million in federal grants to expand bicycle and pedestrian trails throughout Cleveland Metroparks as part of the “Reconnecting Cleveland” project.

“This grant given to Cleveland Metroparks will undoubtedly bolster non-automobile transit throughout both Lakewood and the city of Cleveland,” said Antonio. “Dedicated pedestrian and biking paths are proven economic catalysts for city neighborhoods, as they help with overcoming transportation barriers affecting our city.”

The Metroparks project is projected to stimulate upwards of $54.6 million in economic benefits for affected areas. In Lakewood, federal grant money will be used to build a bridge in Wendy Park, as well as new infrastructure linking Wendy Park to Edgewater Park. The project is estimated to be completed by 2020. 

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The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

The report points to low education levels and limited job opportunities as central underlying causes of opioid abuse.