2014 was quite a year for us and the Towpath Trail in Cleveland.
Our organization, formerly known as Ohio Canal Corridor, rebranded as Canalway Partners. Our new name better reflects how we work through grassroots partnerships and collaborations between residents, local businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Along with the new name and logo, we launched a brand new web experience.
On July 7th, the first section of publicly-funded Towpath Trail in the City of Cleveland opened at Scranton Flats. With a ribbon cutting ceremony that drew political heavyweights such as Senator Sherrod Brown and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, the Towpath got off to a fantastic start.
In November, we unveiled our plans for Stage 4 & Stage 1 of the Towpath Trail Extension Project via a public meeting in Tremont.
In December, the Ohio & Erie Canalway was renewed as a National Heritage Area. The Canalway has been renewed for an additional seven years, making it eligible to receive future federal funding.
In 2015 we will continue to host fun events such as RiverSweep and the Towpath Trilogy while we work on the Towpath Trail Extension Project and the development of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area.
This year we will wrap up final design and right of way acquisition on Stage 3 with construction to begin in early 2016.