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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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Cuyahoga County has received a $250,000 Green Infrastructure Grant from the  Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD.)

The funds will go towards the creation of wetlands, bioretention cells and a detention basin within  Stage 3 of the Towpath Trail Extension Project. These green infrastructure elements will remove stormwater from the combined sewer system, treat stormwater drainage and reduce run off pollution to the Cuyahoga River.

The Green Infastructure elements on the Stage 3 site will reduce storm water runoff by an estimated 5.7 million gallons a year.
NEORSD will award a total of $2 million to twelve projects through the 2016 Green Infrastructure Grants program. These projects will reduce runoff by an estimated 10.5 million gallons a year.

Stage 3 of the Towpath Trail Extension will run from the Northern entrance of Steelyard Commons to Literary Ave.

This stage will provide an important link between the populous Cleveland neighborhood Tremont, the employment and retail center Steelyard Commons and the public outdoor recreation area Clark Fields.

A new National Park Service report shows that in 2015 2.3 million visitors to Cuyahoga Valley National Park spent $144 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 2,415 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $203 million.

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economist Catherine Cullinane Thomas and National Park Service economist Lynne Koontz.

According to Cuyahoga Valley National Park Superintendent Craig Kenkel-

"Cuyahoga Valley National Park welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world, we are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it's a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities."

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is within the 110-mile  Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, designated by Congress to help preserve and celebrate the rails, trails, landscapes, towns and sites that grew up along the Ohio & Erie Canal that helped Ohio and our nation grow. The Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area is an affiliated unit of the National Park Service.

"The economic benefits attributed in the Economic Impact study spill over both north and south into the National Heritage Area from Cleveland to New Philadelphia" stated Dan Rice and Tim Donovan, Directors of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area.

According to the 2015 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (31.1 percent) followed by food and beverages (20.2 percent), gas and oil (11.8 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.8 percent).

To learn more about national parks in Ohio and how the National Park Service works with Ohio communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to

The newest view of the Cuyahoga River in Downtown Cleveland is in the footprint of  Canal Basin Park.

The site of the former VanDuzer studio will soon become a $20M  Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District pump station facility that will capture about 11 million gallons of stormwater a year.

The plans for the pump station include a riverfront promenade for public access.

RiverSweep is May 7th Riversweep

RiverSweep is Ohio's largest done-in-a-day cleanup effort. Each year local businesses, schools and individuals team up to clean our shared backyard.

In 2015, 919 RiverSweep volunteers removed over 54 tons of trash, including 389 tires!

RiverSweep 2016 will happen from 9am to noon on Saturday May 7th.

RiverSweep volunteers receive a t-shirt featuring our mermaid art, and an invite to a RiverSweep after party featuring live music and food. Shirts are reserved for the first 700 volunteers so sign up today! 

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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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  The most efficient way to help Canalway Partners develop the Towpath Trail is to become a member

See you on the trail,

Ken Schneider