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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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Thanks for a Great RiverSweep RSThanks

Thanks to the many volunteers and sponsors that made RiverSweep 2016 a great event.

RiverSweep, now in its 27th year, featured 950 volunteers who cleaned 80 tons of trash (including 475 tires), painted graffiti and pulled invasive species from sites across the Cuyahoga River valley including:
  • Canal Basin Park
  • The Flats East
  • The Flats West
  • Rivergate Park
  • Morgana Run Trail
  • Train Avenue
  • Tremont
  • West Creek
  • Big Creek/Lower Harvard
  • Mill Creek
  • Johnston Mill Run
Cleaning graffiti on Train Ave.

Over the years, RiverSweep has paved the way for several urban parks and trails including  Scranton Flats. 2016 was the last time we cleaned sections of Tremont before  Stage 3 of the Towpath Trail begins construction later this year.

Cargill is a long-time RiverSweep supporter

Sherwin Williams sent many volunteers to RiverSweep 2016
Volunteers from Chase, JMT and Hands on NEO cleared brush at Canal Basin Park
Brecksville Broadview Heights students on Holmden Ave. in Tremont

RiverSweep is a Team Effort RSTeam

RiverSweep is a team effort that relies on the work of many civic organizations, schools and local businesses.

CWRU rowers cleaning in the Flats

These include: Cleveland Metroparks, Ohio and Erie Canalway, City of Cleveland, Cleveland City Council, Councilman Brancatelli, Brecksville Broadview Heights High School, Normandy High School, Nordonia High School, Slavic Village Development, Tremont West Development Corp., Stockyard, Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn-Centre Neighborhood Development Office, Old Brooklyn, Flats Forward, Historic Warehouse District, Union Miles Development Corp., Harvard Community Services, West Creek Conservancy, Western Reserve Rowing Association, Cleveland Volunteers, HandsOn NEO and Big Creek Connects.

Business sponsors of RiverSweep 2016 include: Cargill, Chase Bank, Arcelor Mittal, Eaton, Sherwin-Williams, Dominion Foundation, GIE Media, Behnke Landscape Architecture, Port of Cleveland, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, First Merit Bank, Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, Great Lakes Brewing, Environmental Design Group, Cleveland Water Pollution Control, JMT, WSP Parsons Brinckeroff, Republic Services, Stein Inc, Distillata, Sainato's Pizza, Iron City Cafe and the Flat Iron Cafe.

Reclaiming the Canal reclaim
As part of  RiverSweep 2016 , volunteers cleared brush to reveal the remnants of the Ohio & Erie Canal at Canal Basin Park.

RiverSweep Pep Talk RSpep



Fun video on removing invasive species at RiverSweep

See More RiverSweep Photos rsphotos



Many great photos from RiverSweep are now available online. 


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Ride to Support the TowpathRide

Ride to support the Towpath Trail. This summer, Canalway Partners is hosting two cycling events for riders of all experience levels. Proceeds will raise funds to help Canalway Parnters in the development of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail.
Cycle Canalway is a Towpath ride for the whole family. Riders receive a souvenir t-shirt, a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, a snack and beverage aid station, and free lunch and entertainment at the finish. Choose your ride length from 8 to 40 miles.
Towpath 150 is July 16th & 17th (
Towpath 150 is an overnight cycling event traveling the length of the Towpath, from Cleveland to Bolivar and back. Riders receive a souvenir cycling jersey, photo album and a celebratory party with food and entertainment.

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