On Monday the promise of a 101-mile long off-road trail stretching from the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland to New Philadelphia, Ohio inched closer to reality. The City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland Metroparks, and Canalway Partners announced the official opening of stage 3 of the Towpath Trail. The 1.9 mile segment between Steelyard Commons and Literary Rd. in Tremont adds to the Towpath Trail’s status as the regional “spine” in an expanding network of trails that connect city neighborhoods and surrounding suburbs throughout Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and beyond.
“The Towpath Trail is a catalyst for the city, county and the region. As one of the nation’s first National Heritage Areas, the Ohio & Erie Canalway has fostered and championed the vision for the Towpath Trail for nearly 30 years,” said Mera Cardenas, Canalway Partners’ Executive Director. “Through partnerships and perseverance, the Towpath Trail is becoming a reality and forever changing our relationship to the Industrial Valley and the way we move around the city. As we celebrate the completion of the final stages of the Towpath Trail, we’re excited to turn our attention and resources to Canal Basin Park which will mark the historic access to the canal and celebrate those connections.”
The entire press release with comments from City of Cleveland Major Frank Jackson, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman and Canalway Partners’ Executive Director Mera Cardenas is attached. Click on the image for the entire document.