Cuyahoga County has been conditionally awarded $317,030 in 2016 Clean Ohio Trails Funding for Stage 4 of the Towpath Trail Extension Project.
Stage 4 of the Towpath Trail Extension will run 1.5 miles from Literary Ave. to the future Canal Basin Park in Downtown Cleveland’s Flats. This stage will be the final northern Towpath connection between Tremont and Downtown Cleveland.
Part of Stage 4 will repurpose University Ave. as a pedestrian and bicycle trail offering spectacular views of Downtown Cleveland. The Towpath will integrate with plaza improvements made by ODOT as part of the George V. Voinovich Bridge project, and connect to the already constructed Scranton Flats as the trail heads Downtown. Lighting and interpretive elements are part of Stage 4 of the Towpath Trail project, which is currently in the Final Design/Engineering phase.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources manages the Clean Ohio Trails Fund which “provides grants for community projects that will acquire trail corridors, build and improve trail infrastructure including regional trail systems, links to statewide trails, preservation of natural corridors and connections from urban areas to recreational areas. The investments help facilitate travel and provide safe and scenic trails where Ohioans can hike, bike, run or roll and build healthy lifestyles.” (read more)
In 2016, the Clean Ohio Trails Fund provided $10.5 million in reimbursement funding, which will be used in 12 counties to develop 24 miles of new trail, bridges, and for the construction of trail head facilities. Grant recipients must provide a 25 percent local match for their projects.
Cuyahoga County is the project manager for the Towpath Trail Extension Project. The County is joined in a four-party project development agreement with the the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Metroparks and Canalway Partners. The Towpath Trail Extension Project will extend the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail about 6 miles, from its current northern terminus at Lower Harvard Road to Downtown Cleveland.
2016 Clean Ohio Trails Fund Awards (.pdf link)