Ohio & Erie Canalway Association awards $600,000 in grants for restoration programs

By Robin Goist - Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland (TNS)

AKRON, Ohio — The Ohio and Erie Canalway Association announced Thursday a round of grants totaling $603,830 for 16 Northeast Ohio organizations to support trail preservation, restoration and other improvements.

Projects include restoring the James A. Garfield Memorial at Lake View Cemetery, improving the Boston Mills Historic District at Cuyahoga Valley National Park and developing the Summit Lake Trail.

All projects that will receive grant money are in the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, which extends 110 miles from Cleveland to New Philadelphia and spans Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas counties.

The Ohio & Erie Canalway Association awarded this round of grants through its competitive “Strategic Initiative Program.”

Here are the projects that will receive funding:

Throughout the Ohio & Erie Canalway: The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will receive $21,780 for upgrades.

Cuyahoga County:

Summit County:

—Summit Metro Parks will receive $50,000 for the Freedom Trail Trailhead.

—The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park will receive $50,000 for improvements to the Boston Mills Historic District public space.

—The City of Akron will receive $75,000 for Phase 1 Design of the Rubber City Heritage Trail.

—The Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition will receive $75,000 for the Summit Lake Trail.

—The Downtown Cuyahoga Falls Partnership will receive $4,400 for the Cuyahoga River and Downtown Cuyahoga Falls History Trail.

—Summit County’s Development Finance Authority will receive $75,000 for the Akron Civic Theatre renovation.

Stark County:

—Massillon Area Greenways, Inc. will receive $2,650 for updates to the Navarre historical walking tour.

—The City of Canal Fulton will receive $45,000 for repairs to the Historic Canal Footbridge.

Tuscarawas County:

—The City of New Philadelphia will receive $40,000 for Southside Community Park.

Ohio & Erie Canalway Association is a “regional extension” of its two founding organizations — Canalways Partners, representing Cuyahoga County, and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, representing Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas.

“We are extremely grateful to Congress and members of our Ohio delegation for their continued strong support for the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, Towpath Trail and connector trails,” said Dan Rice, president and CEO of Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition and co-executive director of Ohio and Erie Canalway Association. “Working together, we are creating a legacy for future generations.”


By Robin Goist

Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland (TNS)

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