News & Events

11/2019 – Phase 2 is open!

We cut the ribbon for Phase 2. The Withrow High School marching band opened the celebration. It is so exciting to connect Evanston, Norwood, and Xavier to Hyde Park and Oakley for the first time since Interstate 71 was built 50 years ago.

Phase 2 is Moving Forward!

Phase 2 construction starts in April. This section will start at the end of Phase 1 near Tamarack Avenue, go west across I-71, reaching Montgomery Road near Xavier University. It will transform Wasson Way into a true transportation route, bridging the divide between Xavier, Norwood, Evanston, Hyde Park and Oakley created over 50 years ago by I-71.

Phase 1 of the Trail is Open

We are excited to announce that the first phase of Wasson Way is now open to the public. Our ribbon cutting event was a huge success and brought out so much community support. We want to thank everyone who attended and continues to support our vision. View the link below to get an overview of the phase 1 map and design.

View Phase 1 Map

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.