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Help Us Build the Trails You Love!

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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Recently representatives from Canalway Partners and the  Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition attended the "Industrial Heartland Trails Summit" hosted by the  Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, National Park Service and the  Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

The Industrial Heartland Trail Network is an "envisioned trail network which will span 48 counties across four states, running through western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio and reaching into the southwest corner of New York State. Pittsburgh will serve as the network's hub, with trails radiating out of the metro area and connecting to Cleveland and Ashtabula in Ohio, Morgantown and Parkersburg in West Virginia, and Erie in northern Pennsylvania."

The summit provided an update on the ambitious effort, while focusing on practical matters such as connecting trail builders, and building awareness of community assets, tools and resources. Sessions at the summit included topics such as "Strategies for Collective Fundraising", "Trails as Tools for Community & Economic Development" and taking a "Collaborative Approach to Corridor Acquisition."


Cleveland Selected as a Focus City for the Every Kid in a Park Programekip


Cleveland is one of nine cities across the country that was selected by the National Park Foundation to serve as a focus city for the Every Kid in a Park Program. This national program gives fourth grade students, and those accompanying them, free access to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters. It also supports special activities for fourth grade classes.
Further, Cuyahoga Valley National Park was selected to receive a $210,000 field trip grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, to support the  Every Kid in a Park program. The grant, part of the Foundation's  Open OutDoors for Kids program, will support transportation for fourth grade classes. 
Park rangers and program staff from Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center will engage fourth-graders in FREE programming with a goal of bringing over 8,000 area students to the park between Sept. 1, 2016 and Aug. 30, 2017.


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See you on the trail,

Ken Schneider