Grants to Enhance Towpath Trail, Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area

Grants to Enhance Towpath Trail, Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area

Photo credit: Summit Metro Parks

The Ohio & Erie Canalway Association (OECA) has awarded $603,830 to 16 regional organizations for projects and programs within the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, which includes Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark, and Tuscarawas Counties.

The Ohio & Erie Canalway Association funded the projects through its Strategic Initiative Program, a competitive grant program that funds organizations and political subdivisions that enhance the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area—which extends 110 miles from Cleveland to New Philadelphia, OH.

A diverse array of 2020 projects will receive funding to support the following initiatives:

Corridor Wide

  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad: Hot Start and Cab Radio Upgrades, $21,780

Cuyahoga County

  • Western Reserve Historical Society: Women & Politics Exhibit, $50,000
  • Historic Gateway Neighborhood: Take a Hike 2021 Season,  $15,000
  • Tremont West Development: Tremont Towpath Integration Plan, $15,000
  • Lake View Cemetery Foundation: James A. Garfield Memorial Restoration, $30,000
  • Canalway Partners: CLEVELAND History Days 2020, $15,000
  • LAND Studio Inc.: Forum Pavilion, $40,000 (pending)

Summit County

  • Summit Metro Parks: Freedom Trail Trailhead, $50,000
  • Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park: Boston Mills Historic District Public Space Improvements, $50,000
  • City of Akron: Rubber City Heritage Trail Phase 1 Design, $75,000
  • Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition: Summit Lake Trail, $75,000
  • Downtown Cuyahoga Falls Partnership: Cuyahoga River and Downtown Cuyahoga Falls History Trail, $4,400
  • Development Finance Authority: Akron Civic Theater Restoration, $75,000

Stark County

  • Massillon Area Greenways Inc.: Navarre Historical Walking Tour Updates, $2,650
  • City of Canal Fulton: Historic Canal Footbridge Repair, $45,000

Tuscarawas County

  • City of New Philadelphia: Southside Community Park, $40,000

OECA operates as a regional extension of its two founding organizations: Canalway Partners, representing Cuyahoga County, and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, representing the southern three counties of Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas.

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