Perrysburg City Council to weigh in on waterfront makeover plan

Recreation Committee will recommend that Perrysburg City Council move forward with plans to develop a walkway to connect Hood Park with Orleans Park.

A proposed $26 million project to makeover the Perrysburg waterfront will be paired down when it is presented to city council on Tuesday.

On Monday, Perrysburgâ??s Recreation Committee heard further input from the community on the proposal, which was introduced for the first time publicly in July. The long-term proposal aims to connect the cityâ??s parks by way of an accessible walking path. It also includes future plans to highlight the landscape around the Maumee River.

â??I just love the idea of having the walking and biking paths and having them lead to something, something that the community can take part of,â?? said Rachel Sowers. She added, â??Especially since we have the great view of the river already.â??

Others were critical of the plan.

â??The concern I have is about what it would bring into the city, which would be crime, higher insurance rates, lower property values, things of that nature,â?? said Deborah Born. Born has already started collecting signatures, petitioning against the project.

City Council will weigh in on the Recreation Committeeâ??s suggestion to move forward with the walking path portion of the proposal at its meeting on Tuesday night.