On April 29, 2019, Stark Parks held a ceremony at Rodman Public Library to celebrate the beginning of the 1.74 mile connector trail that will join the Iron Horse Trail to the south with the Mahoning Valley Trail to the north. Construction of the trail will follow the former New York Central train route from the Broadway Street viaduct behind the Library, grading up to East Oxford Street, behind the University of Mount Union housing, and then through the University campus. When completed later this year, the total length of the trail will be 9.5 miles and run from Deer Creek Reservoir south through the City of Alliance to its southern terminus at Cenfield Street.

Representatives from the City of Alliance, Stark Parks, Rodman Public Library, and University of Mount Union were on hand to pose for the ceremonial shovel photo after each organization addressed the crowd.

For more information and trail maps, visit https://starkparks.com/partnerships-pave-the-way-for-iron-horse-trail-extensions/