National Park Service Director Discusses Canalway

Canalway Partners recently met with National Park Service Director John Jarvis and Craig Kenkel, Superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park to discuss our successes and some of the challenges we have in developing the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area.

After seeing Scranton Flats at his Play, Learn, Serve and Work announcement, the Director was interested in seeing more of the Towpath Trail Extension Project. We gave him a tour of Stage 4 in Tremont, and the Canal Basin Park site in the Flats.

Director Jarvis has been a strong advocate of National Heritage Areas such as the Ohio and Erie Canalway calling them “places where small investments pay huge dividends, providing demonstrable benefits in communities across the country and in partnership with our national parks.”

Read Director Jarvis’ memo on the National Heritage Areas Program

Director Jarvis discussed his visit to Cleveland, and how urban parks require a strong vision and a lot of hard work in an NPS Director’s Web Chat July 16th.

Go to 43:12 to hear the Director discuss Canal Basin Park and the “renaissance of urban parks.”