Welcome to the Murray Path concept page.
Current Design and Concept information here.
Before picture with a rendering by Tony Schmidt of what it will look like.
WHAT IS THE MURRAY PATH PROJECT?
The Murray Multi-Use Path builds on the success and popularity of the Fairfax trail. A 10 foot wide, landscaped pathway with gentle curves, will connect to the Fairfax path at Settle Road eastward to Plainville Road.
WHY THE PROJECT?
- Restore green space, enhancing the neighborhoods
- Provide a safe route for kids walking to school (in an area lacking sidewalks altogether in one stretch, and having inadequate sidewalks in the remainder)
- Resolve a number of stormwater drainage problems
- Connect with local businesses
- Enhance outdoor fitness opportunities and community engagement with a beautifully landscaped path
- Continue to provide parking spaces for the Historic District of Mariemont, reoriented to accommodate the pathway
Murray Path Concept Plan
The current design concept by Martin Koepke, landscape architect and Village resident, has evolved from concepts presented to Village Council as early as 2017. The design addresses input from the Mayor and Council, Duke, the citizen committee raising the private funding for the landscape, and various community stakeholders.
The primary function of the Murray Road Corridor is for Duke distribution and transmission lines. The Village of Mariemont and Columbia Township are proposing to add a 10-foot wide path from Settle to Plainville as a continuation of the current Murray Path west of Settle Road. Flowering trees and plants are added to replace the planting that was removed, screen the utilities, and convert the utility corridor into a greener, inviting community asset that provides greater community connectivity and healthy, active, lifestyle choices.
The path has a slight meandering alignment to navigate around parking, create space for planting, and meet the requirements of engineering and Duke.
Existing parking is being converted from angled parking to parallel parking with no reduction in spaces.
Although planting is severely limited by Duke’s requirements for planting under or near power lines, the proposed allée of Serviceberry softens the impact of the utilities and provides seasonal interest. Supplemental shrubs and plant beds are associated with signage, parking, and intersections. Planting was carefully considered to screen utilities, provide intermittent light shade, and add aesthetic value to a space currently void of focal interest, thereby enriching the path experience for the user, passerby, and adjacent residents of Columbia Township and Mariemont.
Plants shown are selected for their proven hardiness in similar environments, ease of maintenance, and tolerance to drought and salt. Multi-trunk trees offer a bit more screening value and are more informal than standard, single-trunk street trees, which typically get too large to meet Duke’s maximum height requirement.
Large, 18-inch tall (seat height) slabs of limestone (seat platforms) are placed to give users a safe place to pause or stretch and to remind autos that this is a pedestrian path.
If you have questions, comments, ideas, want to donate your time or money,
please contact Joe and Matt here.