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American Solar Challenge
July 29, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - July 30, 2016 @ 8:30 amFree
Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be the starting point for the 2016 American Solar Challenge, a collegiate solar car race July 30-Aug. 6.
The free event in Cuyahoga Valley National Park starts at 8:30 a.m. on July 30 at Station Road Bridge Trailhead. The community is encouraged to attend. Cars leave individually in one-minute intervals.
Visitors can view the start of the race at Station Road Bridge Trailhead. To ensure a safe start to the race, no vehicles will be permitted to enter this lot after 8:20 a.m. Additional viewing opportunities exist along the race route in Brecksville Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. The competition vehicles will exit Station Road Bridge Trailhead and cross Riverview Road onto Chippewa Creek Drive. They will follow Chippewa Creek Drive for approximately 0.4 miles before turning onto Valley Parkway. The route follows Valley Parkway until the cars reach Route 21/Brecksville Road and turn south. The cars will be clearly visible from the paved All Purpose Trail and numerous parking lots are located along this route.
On July 29, participating solar cars will be on display for public viewing at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center from 3 to 7 p.m. The National Park Service and Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park will also exhibit, as well as a food truck and other event-related vendors and interactive demonstrations.
In addition to the solar car teams, exhibits and vendors in the exposition include:
– National Park Service with family-friendly, hands-on exhibits that include an emphasis on climate change
– Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park with family-friendly, hands-on exhibits
– Solar energy companies including Bold Alternatives and Dovetail Solar and Wind
– Cleveland Office of Sustainability
– Earth Day Coalition
– The Junior Solar Spring Racers
– Square Scullery and Stone Pelican food trucks
– Popsmith popsicle vendor
University teams from around the world have designed and built solar-powered cars as part of the American Solar Challenge. Those that qualify will drive them 1,975 miles on the open road during an 8-day rally, stopping at nine National Park Service sites in seven Midwestern states. Approximately twenty teams will be participating.
As part of the 2016 Centennial, the National Park Service has challenged itself to provide more research and education around the effects of climate change on national park resources. The Green Parks Program encourages walking, biking, ride-sharing, and use of fuel-efficient or alternative-fuel vehicles. The American Solar Challenge highlights these efforts by bringing solar-powered cars to parks.
From CVNP, stops include Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Homestead National Monument of America, and Scotts Bluff National Monument. More information is available on the Midwest Regional Office website.
Station Road Bridge Trailhead is located at the intersection of Riverview Road and Chippewa Creek Drive, 1/8 mile south of SR 82, in Brecksville. The Cuyahoga Valley Career Center is located at 8001 Brecksville Road in Brecksville.