Canalway Partners develops the northern end of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area. We are the chief fundraiser for the Towpath Trail Greenway in Cleveland, taking the lead in strategic decision-making, grant writing, and community outreach. 

Canalway Partners works with the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition on the development of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area.

Our Mission:

The mission of Canalway Partners is to create a park system that follows the route of the historic Ohio Canal from Cleveland through Zoar to Dover/New Philadelphia by promoting historic preservation and interpretation, expanded recreational opportunities and sensitive economic developments.

This Mission is Accomplished By:

• Managing the development of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area.
• Linking natural and cultural assets via the Towpath Trail, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and America’s Byway.
• Increasing public awareness through community education and diverse activities and events such as RiverSweep and the Towpath Trilogy.
• Forging dynamic public/private partnerships to develop key physical projects.
• Promoting the Ohio & Erie Canalway as a tourist destination; showcasing its natural, cultural, and historic resources.


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Canalway Partners Board of Directors


Chris Ronayne, University Circle, Inc.


Tom Yablonsky, EVP Downtown Cleveland Alliance

David Jurca, Seventh Hill

Immediate Past ChairPatrick Holland, Director, Solid Waste District, Retired


Jack Kluznik, Weston Hurd LLP


Barbara Deeds, The Manning Group


Patrick Cook, Microsoft Corporation

Michael Dostal, CIBC US

David Wagner, Hanna Commercial Real Estate

Jennifer Maceiko, Eaton Corp.

Conor Coakley, CBRE

Roberta Duarte, JumpStart

Diana Hildebrand, DevahD Cycling

Sam McNulty, Market Garden Brewery

Canalway Partners Staff

Mera Cardenas, Executive Director 

Tim Donovan, Senior Advisor 

Jim Ridge, Brand Manager

Julie Sciarrino, Volunteer Coordinator

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