The Magic Mile is an initiative of the Barberton Community Foundation, which helped fund the building of a pedestrian bridge to give towpath users a way of reaching Robinson Avenue and downtown Barberton. On June 5, when the newest Towpath Trailhead – the “Magic Mile” Trailhead – was officially opened.
The $550,000 connector was also supported by the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study, civic organizations and the city budget. Until the bridge opened in 2014, the 300,000 people who use the city’s leg of the towpath each year were confined to the land between the canal and the Tuscarawas River.
Bridging the Gap
The Magic Mile sends users over the Robinson Avenue bridge to Wooster Road, through a path that cuts along the Lake 8 Movies Theatre, then along 5th Street to the southern edge of Lake Anna before heading east and returning to the bridge via 2nd Street.
BCF partnered with Medical Mutual, who contributed $75,000 to the effort. The money was used to fund directional signage, banners, and an arch where Robinson Avenue greets the towpath connector bridge.