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Whether you love running, nature, history, biking or other forms of fitness - please join us as members and supporters in building out the Towpath Trail. Let's maximize this local treasure along the Cuyahoga River.

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Relevant Links


New Bike Lanes in Slavic Village Slavic

New bike lanes are coming to Slavic Village as part of the  Warner Road Rehabilitation Project . The Warner Road Project will extend from Grand Division Avenue to Broadway Avenue. The project is scheduled to be finished in December 2016.

Mill Creek Falls

In a piece on  Freshwater Cleveland, Slavic Village Development Corp Executive Director Chris Alvarado said-

"Six-foot-wide bike lanes will replace diagonal parking spots on both sides of the street, stretching from the entrance of the  Mill Creek Falls reservation to Grand Division Avenue on the border of Garfield Heights.

The new bike lanes will create a safe pedestrian passageway, as existing parking spaces are often used as though traffic areas by drivers. Additionally, installation of much-needed biking options is taking place as strategic efforts, like  Mill Creek Trail, aim to connect Cleveland via bike and walking paths.

Eventually, the Warner Road bike trail can be a single link in a five-mile biking and pedestrian access chain that runs all the way downtown. It can also serve as an amenity that helps draw new residents to the community."

Slavic Village is working with the City of Cleveland to link bike lanes to the  Morgana Run Trail, a two-mile bicycling and walking path which connects to the  Towpath Trail and the Cleveland Metroparks Garfield Park Reservation.

Freshwater Cleveland

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Initial Greening Project greening

The final design of the Cleveland Metroparks' Canal Basin Park Initial Greening Project has been approved by the Cleveland City Planning Commission.

Canal Basin Park will celebrate the heritage of Cleveland, the significance of the Ohio and Erie Canal, and will be a focal point and destination along the Ohio and Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. The park represents the northern terminus of the 101-mile Towpath Trail. Most of the site was previously developed and currently includes buildings, parking lots, and vacant land.

Save the Date date

Hemlock Trail Update hemlock

There was an update on the Towpath Connector, the Hemlock Trail in the February issue of Independence Today magazine.

The 1.85-mile Hemlock Trail will begin at the intersection of Brecksville Road and Selig Drive, and end on Stone Road, at the connection with the Towpath Trail on Canal Road, in Valley View

Hemlock Trail engineering reaches midway point
Construction set for 2017  

Years in the planning, the construction of Hemlock Trail will finally be underway in 2017, thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Clean Ohio Trails fund. The city will have to raise the remaining funds needed to complete the trail.

Clean Water and Green Infrastructure Cleanwater

Our friends at  Sustainable Cleveland  produced this video to celebrate clean water, and to better connect people to their water resources to help restore, conserve and protect this valuable asset. 

This video illustrates how NEORSD, Cleveland Metroparks, Cuyahoga River Restoration, Holden Arboretum and Western Reserve Land Conservancy are all leading the way in green infrastructure. These examples show how green infrastructure can build community, beautify our neighborhoods, and clean our water.

Stage 3 of the Towpath Trail will feature green infrastructure elements including three wetlands and  bioswales, which will remove stormwater from the combined sewer system, treat stormwater drainage and reduce run off pollution to the Cuyahoga River.

The Towpath Trilogy Race Series trilogy

Registration is now open for the 2016 Towpath Trilogy.

The Towpath Trilogy consists of the Towpath Half in April, the Towpath Ten-Ten in June and the the Towpath Marathon in October. The Trilogy shows off different sections of the Towpath Trail at different times of the year. 

The Trilogy features a variety of race lengths to accommodate runners (and walkers!) of all experience levels.

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The Ohio & Erie Canalway is a National Heritage Area, designated by Congress to help preserve and celebrate the rails, trails, landscapes, towns and sites that grew up along the first 110 miles of the canal that helped Ohio and our nation grow.


Explore the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area


Check out the National Park Service site, Find Your Park 

How Can I Help?  Help
  The most efficient way to help Canalway Partners develop the Towpath Trail is to become a member

See you on the trail,

Ken Schneider