News & Events

Ribbon Cutting on July 28th

The moment we have been waiting for: we officially open the first phase of the Wasson Way on July 28th 9:30am behind Withrow High School (follow the signs along Dana Avenue). Live music, prizes, t-shirts, bumper stickers, free beverages and special Busken WW cookies. Children are trailblazers and ride/walk the trail first, so be sure to bring entire family.

Bird’s Eye Trail View

It’s a bird, no it’s a plane – no, it’s a drone filming the Wasson Way from Xavier University to the Little Miami River! If you want to see why we are so excited about the future Wasson Way, watch this short film. The bridges at the eastern end of the trail are pretty special.

Phase One Underway!

Construction of phase one is underway! During the winter and spring, lots of activity near Withrow High School, Madison Road, Grovedale Drive and Tamarack Avenue. First piece of trail opens July 14, 2018!

Wasson Way Groundbreaking

Broke ground on construction of the first phase of the Wasson Way.

Celebrated with Mayor Cranley, members of city council, and volunteers that helped bring the dream to fruition.

Design of Phase 1 of the trail is complete!

Design of phase 1 is now complete and a PDF of the design can be downloaded here.

Learn more by visiting our Maps & Timeline page.

Community Meeting: Sharing the Trail Design

The Wasson Way and MKSK will be hosting a community open house to share a sneak peak of the trail design and hear YOUR feedback.

Tuesday, November 15th from 6-8 p.m.
Clark Montessori on Erie Avenue

This initial trail design will:

  • Recommend a type of trail surface
  • Locate trail heads and parking
  • Identify opportunities for public access
  • Identify community connections to nearby recreation areas and other community destinations
  • Depict the overall character of the trail
Under New Ownership!

The City of Cincinnati now owns 4.1 miles of right-of-way needed to build the Wasson Way Trail! The City’s purchase of the land from Norfolk-Southern was finalized in September 2016. This is a huge and critical milestone!

So, what’s next?

  • Removing the tracks. The old railroad tracks will be removed making way for the trail.
  • The urban design firm, MKSK, is formally kicking off the trail design, assessing the purchased part of our future trail. Once that is complete, design for the first section of the trail (Tamarck Avenue to Madison Road) will begin.
Announced: MKSK to design the Wasson Way
The Wasson Way is thrilled to announce that Columbus based firm, MKSK will be joined by San Francisco based Nelson, Nygaard and Cincinnati firm Burgess & Niple to create an unbelievable team.

You’re invited to meet and share your ideas with the newly selected trail design team!

Come celebrate the kick-off of the Wasson Way trail and meet members of the team that will bedesigning the trail and share your ideas! Members of the design team and City of Cincinnati leaders will also provide a project update.

Monday, July 18 th 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Remarks at 6:00 p.m.)
Listermann Brewing Company, 1621 Dana Avenue

Food will be available from Renegade Street Eats
$1 for every pint sold will be donated to the Wasson Way

The City of Cincinnati has secured the funding for Wasson Way Right-of- Way!

The City of Cincinnati recently allocated capital funds to purchase the 4.1 miles of rail line right-of-way needed to build the Wasson Way trail! The City has been under contract with Norfolk Southern for the line since summer of 2015 and has now secured the funds to make the purchase. This means the Wasson Way trail WILL become a reality!