On April 12th at 8pm, WVIZ will air a special 10 Parks That Changed America. It is “the story of 10 visionaries who took open canvases of God-forsaken land, and transformed them into serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life.”
This PBS special illustrates the transformative powers of urban park space. The City of Cleveland is working with Canalway Partners, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland Metroparks, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, and the Ohio & Erie Canalway to create Canal Basin Park– 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 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 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.