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Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area Funding Extended extended

When the Ohio & Erie Canalway was officially established as a National Heritage Area by Congress in 1996 it was given a funding cap of $10 million and a sunset date of 2012. No more than $1 million could be granted in any eligible year. This funding was also contingent on the Ohio & Erie Canalway meeting two major requirements: creating a Management Plan within three years, and maintaining a $1:$1 ratio of local match funding for every federal dollar granted and expended. The Ohio & Erie Canalway has met these requirements. The authorizing legislation has been amended to expand the funding cap to $15 million, while the sunset date has been extended to 2021.

In the 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill, the authorizing legislation for the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area received a further funding cap extension to $17 million. The funding cap extension allow the Ohio & Erie Canalway to seek annual appropriations for federal funding to continue the work of developing the National Heritage Area by preserving, connecting and interpreting its natural, historic and cultural resources.

Thanks to Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Congressman Bob Gibbs, Congressman Jim Renacci, Congressman Tim Ryan, for their support of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage. Special thanks to Congressman David Joyce and Senator Sherrod Brown and Senator Rob Portman for their great leadership and dedication regarding the Funding extension legislation.

Canalway Partners works to develop the Ohio & Erie Canalway in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County; while the  Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition focuses on Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas Counties.

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.

Canal Basin Park
Framework Plan Adopted by City Planning Commission CanalBasin

On Friday, November 20th 2015 the Cleveland City Planning Commission voted to adopt the Canal Basin Park Framework Plan, which sets the direction for a new 20-acre park in Downtown Cleveland.

Canal Basin Park will be a year-round public place that brings together history, neighborhoods, and the community. It is located where the historic Ohio & Erie Canal entered the Cuyahoga River, below the Veterans Memorial Bridge. This site is unique as Canal Basin Park is the only place in America where three national heritage designations overlap: a National Heritage Area, an America's Byway, and an American Heritage River.

Canal Basin Park will be Cleveland's gateway to the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area and the Northern end of the 101-mile Towpath Trail. Canal Basin Park will introduce a new model park within the National Park Service's National Heritage Area program, one that offers visitor orientation and interpretation through a unique mix of modern technologies and public art. Canal Basin Park will also present the opportunity for the National Park Service to a have a presence in Downtown Cleveland.

The City of Cleveland is the project manager of Canal Basin Park, and the Park will support the Connecting Cleveland 2020 Citywide Plan. Canal Basin Park will provide waterfront access for all, promote neighborhood connectivity via bikeways, and provide access to public housing.

The Canal Basin Park Framework Plan synthesizes the best elements of 25 years of planning. The document will help to guide the development of the Park, and set parameters for the final design.

Site improvements are already in the works in the Canal Basin Park footprint, the Cleveland Metroparks will improve 1.5 acres by the summer of 2016. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will create new riverfront access and remove the VanDuser building as part of their Superior Avenue Pump Station project.

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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 

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See you on the trail,

Ken Schneider