The Towpath Trail is currently closed from Deep Lock Quarry to Hunt Farm for the replacement of three trail bridges. Learn more here.
A section of the Towpath Trail will be closed in Akron between Beech Street and North Street beginning July 9 for retaining wall repairs. The trail is expected to be closed 10-12 weeks.
The Towpath Trail is closed between Memorial Parkway Trailhead and the Mustill Store Trailhead for Akron Waterways Renewed! work. For more information, visit here.
The Ohio & Erie Canalway Association (OECA) has awarded $353,000 to 14 regional organizations for projects and programs within the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, which includes Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas counties.
The OECA funded the projects through its Strategic Initiative Program, a competitive grant program that funds organizations and political subdivisions that enhance the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area—which extends 110 miles from Cleveland to New Philadelphia, OH.
A diverse array of 2018 projects will receive funding, including:
“We’re thrilled to support our grant program recipients who work every day to keep our community a flourishing and vibrant place to live,” states Tim Donovan, executive director of Canalway Partners and co-executive director of Ohio & Erie Canalway Association. “The applications we received prove that innovation and a collaborative spirit is at the heart of our community and in your National Heritage Area.”
Grants totaling $353,000 are going to support organizations like University Circle Inc., that has received $50,000 for its project to provide updates to the Cozad-Bates House.
“Thanks to the support of the Ohio and Erie Canalway, University Circle Inc. is able to move forward with the design and construction of the Cozad-Bates House Interpretative Center, which will celebrate the stories of individuals who traveled toward freedom through Cleveland and those that worked to aid and shelter them,” stated Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle. “It will add a critical missing piece to the cultural offerings of University Circle and will be connected to the ongoing community education efforts of UCI and our partners.”
Since receiving its National Heritage Area designation in 1996, the Ohio & Erie Canalway has leveraged upwards of $350 million in federal, state, local and private investments throughout the region, along with receiving support from local elected officials.
“We are extremely grateful to Senator Sherrod Brown, Senator Rob Portman, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Congressman Bob Gibbs, Congressman Dave Joyce, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Congressman Jim Renacci, and Congressman Tim Ryan for their tremendous support for the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, Towpath Trail and connector trails,” states Dan Rice, president and CEO of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition and co-executive director of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Association. “Through their visionary leadership, we are creating a legacy for future generations.”
See the full list of projects below.