Kids at Dino Trail June 2019

The Brunswick Lake "Dino Trail" Threatened with Extinction

Glen J. Kuban

gkpaleo@yahoo.com
Updated July 7, 2019

Synopsis

The "Dino Trail" is an almost 100 ft. long concrete walkway of dinosaur tracks installed in 2013 at Brunswick Lake Park, located behind the Giant Eagle shopping center a few blocks west of I71 and Rt. 303 in Brunswick, Ohio. The Trail showcases over a dozen species of dinosaurs and other creatures, representing several different sites and time periods. They include some of the best and most unusual dinosaur tracks in the world, arranged from oldest to youngest, so that visitors are essentially "walking through time" as they proceed up the walkway. Unfortunately, last year the City of Brunswick turned over management of the park to the Medina County Park District, whose director Nate Eppink wants to remove the Trail (or at least move it, which will entail a lot of unnecessary work, expense, and risk of breakage). I have written the following summary of the history and benefits of the Dino Trail, which I helped design and install, in hopes of convincing MCPD and Brunswick to reverse course and keep the walkway in the park. I believe that instead of seeing the Trail as a nuisance or detriment to the park, the Trail should be better marked and publicized, so that it can be enjoyed and appreciated by even more visitors. If you agree, I encourage you to share your views about them with the city and county officials, whose contact info is linked at the end of this summary.

Thank you very much!

Bullet Points

Dino-Trail-start
Dino-Trail-start
Jurassic Section
Cretaceous Section 1
Cretaceous Section 2
Cretaceous Section 2
Hadrosaur tracks
Moa tracks and benches
Bench
Benches and lake view

* The Dino Trail* is a unique and educational attraction, showcasing over 130 prehistoric track impressions, representing more types of dinosaurs, localities, and ages, than any other park or museum display in the world.

* The tracks were not sculpted, but made from molds of real dinsoaur tracks.

* The tracks are arranged from oldest to youngest, so that vistiors are essentially "walking through time" as they progress up the walkway.

* Despite being as yet not well marked or publicized, the Trail has already been enjoyed by countless visitors of all ages. It thus has tremendous intangible value, as well as major economic value, as many who come to see the tracks often spend money at surrounding shops and restaurants.

* The Trail took months of planning and work by many individuals and several organizations to bring about (including local school children, who painted the bench tiles), with approval by the City of Brunswick - all at no cost to the city.

* Objections by a few concerning maintenance neglect, or trip hazards are not well founded. The tracks require virtually no maintenance, and most are relatively shallow and easy to navigate. Any remaining trip concerns can be readily resolved by any number of low cost, low tech solutions.

* Suggestions that they are inconsistent with "naturalization" seem even less well founded. The tracks are at least as natural as many other things in and around the park (dam, stores, hotel, condos, roads, etc), especially most of the new things planned for the park by MCPD, including new restrooms, boat launches, fishing dock, and new playground "climbing strutures".

* Even the "tall grass" prairie proposed for some of the east side of the park is not entirely "natural" since the area was not originally a grassland or prairie, but a woodland. Nor would the tall grass field be maintenance or hazard free. At best it will reduce the safely usable space in the park, while becoming a likely haven for snakes, rodents, deer ticks, and liter, besides posing a brush fire risk.

* Attempting to move the Dino Trail to another location would entail a lot of unnecessary cost and labor, plus serious risk of breakage.

In conclusion, the Dino Trail is a unique, educational, fun, and valuable asset to the park. Its overall benefits far outweigh any possible downsides. Rather than removing or moving it, the best plan would be to better mark and publicize it better, so that even more residents and visitors will get to enjoy and appreciate it. The longer summary that follows provides more details about the history of the Dino Trail and further support for each of the above points.


Why the Brunswick Lake Park "Dino Trail" Should Not be Removed

Glen J. Kuban, May 28 - June 27, 2019

Introduction

The "Dino Trail," installed in 2013 at Brunswick Lake Park* in Brunswick, Ohio, is a uniquely educational, fun, and scientifically important attraction.1 The almost 100 ft long, 4 ft wide concrete walkway that showcases striding trackways of over a dozen species of dinosaurs from several different locations, plus other tracks and impressions from other prehistoric creatures. Indeed, as far as I know, the attraction represents more dinosaur species, geologic ages, and sites than any other track exhibit in the world. Included are many distinct and unusual dinosaur tracks from both well known and little known track sites. Many are in striding sequences, including several types of theropod (predatory, bipedal) dinosaurs, as well as bipedal and quadrupedal herbivores, including juvenile and adults of each.

Another key feature is that the tracks are arranged from oldest to youngest, so that visitors are essentially "walking through time" as they proceed up the walkway. It starts with some of the oldest (and clearest) tracks from the Triassic Period tracks (over 200 million years old), featuring two parallel trails (a rare case of two dinosaurs walking side by side), and claw marks of a crocodile-like phytosaur. Continuing along the trackway, the various sizes and types of Jurassic section include those of two baby (hatchling) dinosaurs, and rare prints of squatting dinosaur. The Cretaceous sections include the world's best large theropod (bipedal meat-eating dino) tracks, and giant sauropod (brontosaur) tracks, a rare running track, and unusually elongate (heel-impressed) prints evidently made by a crouching (foraging?) ornithomimid ("Ostrich mimic") dinosaur. The last two sections feature a trail of wide, blunt-clawed Hadrosaur (duckbill dinosaur) tracks followed by a trail of Moa (giant flightless bird) tracks from New Zealand. The latter help illustrate that birds are now considered by paleontologists to not only be descendents of dinosaurs, but an actual branch of feathered dinosaurs.

My Interest and Involvement in the Dino Trail Project

I am an artist, semi-professional paleontologist, active dinosaur track researcher, and a former Brunswick resident and high-school science teacher. I have worked and written on dinosaur tracks for over 35 years. After becoming involved in the Dino Track project (explained further below) I spent many months of planning and work to bring it about, in close coordination with the now defunct Brunswick ArtWorks, a concrete contractor, and the City of Brunswick. The dozens of track molds used to produce the Dino Trail were made over the course of my field work on numerous track sites, especially in Texas.

Origin of the "Dino Trail"

Several years ago I was honored when Rosemary Mihacevich, Founder and Exec. Dir. of the now defunct Brunswick ArtWorks, asked me to speak to their group on the topics of Paleo Art (illustrating and reconstructing prehistoric creatures), and mold and cast making. Shortly afterward, Rosemary asked me about the possibility of installing a large dinosaur footprint cast at Brunswick Lake. Apparently she had already been discussing city officials the idea of creating some type of artistic or educational attraction there, to be sponsored by her group. I told her I thought it was a great idea. Before long, she suggested enlarging the project by including an entire striding trail of tracks, and later, multiple trails, to make it even more interesting, impressive, and educational. Eventually we agreed to include at least six different dinosaur trails from several different ages and sites (in the end, we included even more). I let her know that it would take considerable time and work to bring about, but that I would do it at a large discount in view of the art league's limited budget and the educational purpose of the Trail. While Rosemary kept in contact with city officials and ArtWorks members, and obtained council approval for the project plan, most of the design and implementation details were left to me, except for the site preparation and concrete work, for which contractor Matt Seeley of "All Concrete Services" was engaged. I later learned that a generous donation to the Artworks for the project was also made by Charles B. Knapp on behalf of Amanda Knapp Melkowits.
Getting ready

How it was Done

The Dino Trail tracks were made by pressing in dozens of rubber molds of actual dinosaur tracks, obtained during my many years of field work, as part of my documentation of especially clear or unusual tracks. Each mold represents hours of work. For the Dino Trail project, I spent hundreds of additional hours over many months designing the layout of the trackways and preparing the molds, which often involved remolding and recasting to adjust certain features (such as subduing undercuts) or creating mirror image molds when I had a good "right" or "left" foot mold, but not equally good opposite foot.

The few other outdoor dinosaur track exhibits used either all-sculpted tracks (which look less than natural), or pre-made individual track casts merged into concrete, which is extremely time and labor intensive and leaves seams that tend to open and crack with time. So, my plan was to press track molds directly into damp concrete as it was setting - a method often used for cosmetic surface-texturing, but apparently had never before tried with dinosaur tracks. To confirm it would work, the contractor (Mr. Seeley) and I did a test pour in his workshop using a large track mold, which turned out very well. Next Matt's crew and I installed the upper end of the Dino Trail (hadrosaur and moa trackways), which also came out very well. However, I knew it would still be a challenge to press in scores more molds for the remaining 80 ft of walkway, if we did it all in one additional pour, which the contractor insisted on doing (since he was not making money as it was). To see photographs taken during and shortly after the Dino Trail installation, click here: http://paleo.cc/brunswick/Brunswick-tracks.htm

After a day of site prep (digging, framing, laying gravel, rebar gridding, etc), the installation date turned out to be hot and sunny, causing the poured concrete to set faster than usual. However, with the molds laid out near their intended positions, and with the help of two fossil club friends (Carl Fetchko and Beth Krumhansl) armed with the Trail diagrams, we were able to successfully press in all the molds, with the last ones pushed in with some difficulty, in just the nick of time. Adding to the challenge, during all this the crew had to apply powdered release agents to the concrete surface, and impress in large texturing mats, to make the surface look more natural. Afterward they also tinted each section to help delineate each geologic period, and to simulate the colors of the original track beds. The contractor also returned days later to apply a concrete sealer, which has helped the Trail remain in excellent condition for over six years of harsh northern Ohio weather.

Added Features (Benches and Interpretive Panel)

Local artist Greg Aliberti organized local school classes to paint dozens of ceramic tiles with pictures of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, onto benches built and donated by James Justice of "Architectural Justice," and installed at the end of the Trail. The costs for the tiles was defrayed by a grant from Medina Co. Community Fund of Akron Community Foundation. Undoubtedly the children were proud of their artwork, which certainly adds to the interest of the Trail, besides giving a useful place to relax.

After the Dino Trail was installed, I began work on an interpretive panel to help visitors understand what it was, and which creatures made which impressions. I spent several days precisely mapping each track and marking on the Trail to constrict a scale diagram of the entire walkway, which I used as the central figure in the panel, adding drawings and descriptions of the dinosaurs and other creatures associated with each track type. This work-up was submitted to Glenn Somodi of EYEMG for final the graphics layout, and production of the 3 x 5 ft finished panel, which was mounted in a sturdy wooden frame at the start of the trail.

Public Reception of Trail

In the six years since it was installed, the Dino Trail has been enjoyed by countless residents and visitors, including students, teachers, and professional scientists, where it helps them learn (or teach) about dinosaurs and their behaviors. Whenever I am at the site, many adults and children often comment on how interesting and "cool" it is.

Unfortunately, many Brunswick residents do not yet even know about the Dino Trail, since there is no sign about it on Rt 303 or the access road, nor any mention of it on the park web site. As far as I know, there was also no ribbon-cutting ceremony, newspaper article, or TV coverage announcing or explaining the Dino Trail, as the Art League and I anticipated would be done. We also assumed that at least a small parking area would be added to that part of the park, and a picnic table or two, to make it much easier for visitors (especially teachers with classes) to access and enjoy the area, and have a place to write, eat lunch, etc. If even some of these things were done, the trail could well become one of the most popular dinosaur-theme exhibits in the county if not the state. I am not sure why none were done. Cost can't be the whole explanation, since how much would it cost to mention the Dino Trail on the park or city web sites? I myself became very busy with many other things, and regret not having followed up with the ArtWorks and city officials. I also intended (and still do) to create a teacher's guide with more information about the tracks and aspects not covered on the sign, including some exercises for students (such as measuring tracks and using a formula to estimate dinosaur speeds). Ironically, I took heart in the thought that sooner or later these would all get done, since after all, the tracks would always be there. Never did I dream that after all the planning and work involved in bringing the Dino Trail about, anyone would propose taking them out.

Benefits of the Trail

Even though the City of Brunswick did not pay for the Trail, the intrinsic value is substantial. Indeed, a museum or park would typically pay many tens of thousands of dollars for a similar attraction, but again, there is nothing quite like the Dino Trail anywhere. Aside from its substantial intangible benefits, one should also keep in mind its economic benefits. Many people who come to see the tracks spend money at nearby shops and restaurants, and many more undoubtedly would if it were better marked and publicized. Indeed, it is very conceivable that once it became widely known, people could come not just from Brunswick, but surrounding towns and beyond. Even more valuable in my view are its intangible belefits. It helps stimulate curiosity and imagination about past life, teach about dinosaurs and their behavior, and generally promote interest in science and paleontology. Removing it, whatever the financial expense, would cost the loss of all this, invalidate all the work of so many in bringing the attraction about, including the many children who helped create the bench tiles --all undoubtedly trusting that the Trail their artistic contribution would be kept and enjoyed for many years to come.

Proposed Plan to Remove or Move the Dino Trail

Ironically, right after I gave a presentation on dinosaur tracks to the North Coast Fossil Club on May 18th, a guest at the meeting mentioned a Brunswick Post article published the very same morning, revealing plans by Medina County Park District director Nate Eppink to remove the Dino Trail. I and many others in attendance were shocked at this news, since many were familiar with the Trail (or had just learned about it during my talk), and shared my feeling about how unique, educational, and valuable it is. After I read the article, the rationales for wanting to remove or move it seemed poorly founded. I wondered if those proposing this were fully aware of the history and many positive attributes of the Trail, the significant costs of removing it, and the far larger costs, labor, and risk of breakage in attempting to move and reconstruct it somewhere else (further discussed below).

Objections to the Dino Trail

"Hasn't been well maintained"

I was surprised to see this comment in the Post article, since the Trail requires very little maintenance, other than (if desired) occasionally sweeping off any bird droppings or minor debris. Even those tend to be naturally washed off with each heavy rain. In short, the trail is virtually maintenance free, and certainly requires less maintenance thanm any other things in the park, as well as most of the additions proposed in the "Master Plan." Moreover, if someone felt the tracks were not being cleaned often enough, or needed some other minor maintenance, the simple solution would be to remedy that, rather than remove the tracks. After all, no one is proposing that garbage cans be removed because they occasionally overflow.

That said, every few years the tracks should probably be evaluated for possible re-sealing needs, or any developing cracks, which would be fairly easy and inexpensive to fix. However, since their installation the tracks have held up very well, and show very little signs of cracking or deterioration. That's not surprising, since they were made of high strength concrete, and a high quality sealant was applied afterward. Superficial sediment does tend to accumulate in the bottoms of the tracks, as it would in nature, and thus give them a darker tint, but this just highlight the track shapes, and thus may be considered more of a positive than negative. Finally, if MCPD did not want to do the occasional minor maintenance on the Trail, I'd be glad to do it myself, or recruit some volunteers to do so. I suspect it would not be hard to find some willing students, especially if given some class or extra credit.

"Not consistent with 'naturalization'"

This objection seems strained at best, since the Dino Trail is no more "unnatural," and arguably more natural (as part of "natural history") than many other things in and around the park. Much of the park is surrounded by stores, restaurants, roads, and a steel and concrete dam (which created the artificial lake). Likewise, most of the new things proposed for the park seem anything but "natural," including new rest rooms, canoe and kayak ramps, a fishing platform, "fountain," more picnic tables, and new playground "climbing structures." These are all fine with me, but how are they any more natural than the Dino Trail?

Even the proposed tall grass field, apparently at least partly proposed to reduce the amount of grass to mow, strikes me as less than "natural" or maintenance free, and would probably create a number new hazards. First, the area never was a native prairie, but a woodland. Second, whereas a tall grass field might be sustained in a large state or county park, in a relatively small park like Brunswick Lake, letting grass grow unfettered over even part of the east side would at best significantly reduce the useable area of the park, while becoming a likely haven for snakes, rodents, and deer ticks (which carry Lyme disease), as well as a potential fire hazard and area for litter and debris to collect. Third, to the extent some of these things could be mitigated, how would it not involve even more maintenance than the Dino Trail?

Almost all city parks have attractions often including artistic or historic attractions and monuments, which are widely enjoyed and valued as assets by visitors, not detriments. Indeed, dinosaur related attractions are usually among the most popular, especially with kids, many of whom love anything "dinosaur". I was recently at the Miller Reserve of the Loran Metro parks (to help with a "Dinosaur Discoveries" program). The park grounds include several permanent, prehistoric-theme displays, including a "plesiosaur" (sea-monster-like creature) mounted in a pond next to the nature center and patio. No one argues that any of these should be removed because they aren't entirely "natural," or occasionally need a little maintenance, or because someone might occasionally stumble on or around them, which brings up the next issue.

"Trip hazard"

Mr. Eppink opined in the May 18 Post article that his first impression was that the tracks could be a "trip hazard." Although there are a number of ways of largely eliminating this concern (discussed next), I don't believe the tracks are a significant hazard, especially in comparison to many other things in the park (or most parks for that matter). These include many ruts, holes, tree roots, and rocks in the grass, which are often hard to see, and thus present greater risks for twisted angles and the like than the Dino Trail. I myself once twisted my ankle on a rut in the grass near the Trail, whereas don't know of anyone who has had any injury, let alone a serious one, on the Dino Trail. Other hazards in the park include the often slippery bank or algae covered rocks along it, but one has suggested draining the lake because of them.

The proposed new "climbing structure" in particular seems anything but "natural" or safe. It would probably require more maintenance and supervision than the Dino Trail, and injuries there might well be mre frequent and serious. Likewise for fishing peers, boat docks, etc, where slips falls (especially when wet) could even result in drownings. I'm not objecting to any of these things, just pointing out some apparent inconsistencies---that overall the Dino Trail probably is probably one of the safest and lest maintenance intensive things in the park or planned for it, besides being educational and a natural curiosity, which none of the others are.

Furthermore, unlike many ruts, roots, and other hazards often hard to see in the grass (and even more hidden in a "tall grass" area), all the tracks in the Dino Trail are in plain view and easy to navigate. Most are also quite shallow (less than two inches deep), except for a few in the middle (Cretaceous) section, but even these are not deep as the real tracks from which the molds were made. Indeed, many of the original tracks occur in riverbeds, where many hundreds of real tracks are found, most of which are far deeper than any in the Dino Trail. Moreover, many are often obscured under murky water or mud, and accessible only by scaling down steep embankments, and/or crawling over and around large, sharp rocks, or slogging through long stretches of slippery river floors. Despite all these hazards, which are collectively far more numerous and serious than any on the Dino Trail, every year thousands of park visitors walk all around the tracks, and have done so for decades, without (to my knowledge) any serious injuries.

Last, if city officials really thought the Trail was a trip hazard, why haven't they put up a prominent "Caution" sign next to it? I'm in favor of doing this (to reduce any possible risk as far as possible) but again, if they thought it was a serious safety issue, why has six years gone by without them doing this, or in Mr Eppink's case, over a year since he took over management of the park?

In short, the Brunswick Dino Trail is not a major safety risk, and is arguably one of the safest things in the park. Nevertheless, allow me to next address a number of ways any perceived hazards could be reduced even further, most of which are low-cost, low-tech solutions.

Ways to further minimize any "trip hazard"

1. Install a prominent sign that reads: "Walk (and do not run) along the track carefully way to avoid tripping."

2 Install a swath of concrete along side the Dino Trail or the section with the deeper tracks, so people did not even need to walk on the tracks themselves. Perhaps the swath could be tinted green, so that a prominent sign could instruct visitors to "WALK ON THE GREEN SECTION and NOT ON THE WALKWAY itself." With a public funding campaign (perhaps GoFundMe page), or appeals to a concrete contractor in exchange for his name being shown on the site, I suspect this could be done at little or no cost to the city or MCPD..

3. Partially fill the bottoms of the deeper tracks to further reduce their depth. I'd be willing to do this at my cost (which would take quite a bit of time to create proper bonds with the filler material, and match colors and textures). However, the shallower the larger tracks are made, the less natural, realistic, and impressive they will appear. But again, in view of all explained above, I question whether they even are significant trip hazards, and believe altering them further will have more downsides than upsides. After all, they are dinosaur tracks, so trying to make them as shallow as possible somewhat defeats the purpose of the display, undermining its dramatic appearance and honest educational value.

4. The middle section with the deepest tracks could be replaced with fewer and shallower tracks. This would still be cheaper than removing the whole trail, and far less expensive and riskier than trying to move it safely. But again, they larger ones need some depth (at least a couple inches), to retain their natural and impressive appearance. If a decision was made to redo this section, I believe it could be done for little or no cost to MCPD or City of Brunswick by using a public funding campaign (perhaps a GoFundMe page). Many people are eager to contribute to educational causes like this.

Significant Costs and Risk of Removing or Moving the Trail

I believe removing the trail will not only be a loss of a valuable asset to the park, but will involve major cost and effort, and that attempting to move it to another location will be even more expensive, as well as invite major risk of breakage. Moreover, suggestions that parhaps part of the trail would ruin one of it's key features: the progression from oldest to youngest tracks. By the way, if there were any significant downsides to the Trail, which I don't believe there are, wouldn't moving it just move those issues to a different location? In any case, I am very skeptical that the trail could be moved safely.
Moa tracks and benches
Moa tracks and benches

First, it would have to be carefully cut into many sections with a large industrial saw with a diamond or carbide blade. At best that would create many cut lines that do not follow the curved expansion seams on the walkway, making it hard to reconstruct the Trail without obvious lines or gaps. This would be especially problematic the first section, which is splayed much wider than the rest of the walkway. Even after being cut into sections, each one would probably weigh over a ton (since the concrete is 5-6 inches thick), and have to be carefully lifted with heavy equipment and loaded onto large trucks. That alone presents significant risk of breakage, even before transport to the new location, where jostling along the way would create more breakage risk, even if each slab were well padded. Of course, at the new location, the ground would have to be dug out and precisely leveled to match the contours of the original location, after which each section would have carefully lowered, maneuvered into place, and mated with special bonding material. This could take days of work, and at best would still leave lots of ugly cut lines, which would tend to separate with time. In short, the benefits of leaving the Trail in place far outweigh any possible downsides, especially when the cost, risks, and other drawbacks of moving them are fully considered.

Mr Eppink has suggeted that perhaps elements of the Trail could be preserved at Brunwsick Lake. However, it was designed to showcase several different periods of geologic time, arraanged from oldest to youngest, so that visitors would be essentially walking through time as they progressed up the walkway. Therefore removing part or most of the Trail would ruin this unique and important aspect.

My Recent Visits to the Dino Trail

Just this evening (June 9) I decided to check on the condition of the Dino Trail, since I had not been there for about a year. I was happy to see that the tracks were still in excellent shape, and largely clean and bird-dropping free. This further confirms that the tracks are largely maintenance free. While walking about the grounds and taking photos, several couples and families with kids came by - some just to see or revisit the Trail. As I chatted with them and asked some if they had heard about plans to remove the tracks. Whether or not they had (about half had) their feelings ranged from disappointment to consternation to outrage. Not one suggested removing the Trail idea was a good idea. The children seemed especially upset with the plans, making comments like "But we love the tracks!" and "They better not; these are so cool!" Also interesting, some of the visitors said that they had only recently learned that the Dino Trail was even in the park, either through the Post article or word of mouth about it, even though they were Brunswick residents.

Dinosaur socks
On June 21 I attended the annual parade in Brunswick, where I got to spoke to dozens more people about the Trail, including many families with children. Of those who knew about or had visited the tracks, the vast majority made glowing comments about them, and no one had any complaints or said they wanted them remove. Many eagerly signed my petition to have them left in the park. When I visited the Trail afterward, I met several famiies who likewise expressed strong support for the Trail, with one esepcially enthusiastic little girl inviting me to take a picture of her "dinosaur socks" next to a footprint.

A Medina Gazette article on May 15 indicated that I and others who spoke in the council meeting, which including Carl Fechko, president of our local fossil club and David Jarzen, a paleontologist from the Cleveland Musuem of Natural History, wanted it kept the Trail "in some capacity". That might be misconstrued to mean we were OK with it being moved. Actually, what we strongly argued for is keeping the Trail in place at the park, for all the reasons noted above. The article ends with two especially troubling comments by Mr. Eppink, the first being that the Trail is "kinda in the vicinity of a restroom that we intend to replace there on the east side of the lake." Putting a restroom where the Trail exists now seems to be the weakest of all supposed reasons to remove the tracks offerred so far, since there are vast spaces all over the east side where a restroom could go. Last, Mr. Eppink remarked that that the Trail is "a short walk to no where." I don't know where he expects the Trail to lead, and what is most important about it is not where it leads, but what's on it. Moreover, where it actually leads to is a shady spot near the lake with two benches, covered in colorful prehistoric-theme ceramic tiles painted by local children. In view of this, I find Mr. Eppink's remark as uncalled for as it is insensitive to the children, as well as the artist and teachers involved in the painting, and all others involved in the design and installation of the Trail.

Conclusion

When all relevant aspects are considered, including the fact that the tracks are valued and enjoyed by virtually all who visit them, the benefits of keeping the Dino Trail in Brunswick Lake Park far outweigh any possible downsides. Rather than removing or moving it, efforts would be best spent in the opposite direction: better marking and publicizing the Trail, so that it will become better known, appreciated, and enjoyed by even more people, while boosting the local economy. If you agree, please let Brunswick officials and the Medina County Park District know. Time is ofthe essence, since Mr Eppink indicated that removing the trail is one of the first things he wants to do in his "Master Plan."

Besides calling or writing emails, please consider attending a meeting of the Brunswick City Council. The meetings are open to all, and anyone can express their views. The council normally meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Brunswick Municipal Center, 4095 Center Rd. (Rt 303), Brunswick Ohio.

Thank you very much!

Glen Kuban
gkpaleo@yahoo.com
440-241-2509

Contact Info for MCPD and Brunswick Officials

Click here for Media County Park District web page (with email form)
Nate Eppink, MCDP Director. Email: neppink@medinaco.org     330-722-9364
Medina County Park District (MCPD) main phone#: 330-722-9364 or 844-722-9364 toll free

Brunswick City Council, Main phone: 330-558-6845
Brunswick Council President & Parks Committee chairman: Mike Abella:   mabella@brunswick.oh.us     330-460-6209
Brunswick City Manager: Carl DeForest:   cdeforest@brunswick.oh.us     330-558-6826
Brunswick Parks and Recreation Director: John Piepsny: jpiepsny@brunswich.oh.us     330-273-8000
Brunswick City Council web site (click on "Contact Us" at left for phone#s and email addresses)
All City of Brunswick officials contact info

For more photos of the Dino Trail, including some taken during installation see: http://paleo.cc/brunswick/Brunswick-tracks.htm