Progress continues on Ohio Canal Corridor Towpath Trail

Steelyard Commons

(Plain Press, October 2007) On September 4th a new one-mile section of the Ohio Canal Corridor Towpath Trail was dedicated at Steelyard Commons. This new section will eventually connect to the Ohio Canal Corridor Trail’s main portion, which now ends just east of the Harvard Denison Bridge.

The Towpath trail has received support on federal, state and local levels, along with the private contribution of First Interstate, the developers of Steelyard Commons that funded this stretch of the trail.

Big Creek

Friends of Big Creek (FOBC) and its project partners announced funding for a feasibility study seeking to connect the Cleveland Metroparks Brookside and Big Creek Reservations with a trail alignment through the City of Brooklyn. FOBC, Cleveland Metroparks, and the cities of Cleveland and Parma join the City of Brooklyn as co-sponsors for the $75,000 study funded by the federal Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) grant program. The $60,000 grant (with a $15,000 local match) was awarded on August 10th.

The Big Creek Greenway Trail Alignment and Neighborhood Connector Plan will examine potential linkages with surrounding neighborhoods as well as Brooklyn municipal/office/retail areas. The all-purpose trail network will provide a safe alternative mode of transportation for its users and identify opportunities for interpretive exhibits and ecological restoration.

The study will complement planning already underway in the lower Big Creek Valley where project partners, led by the Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation, are assessing the feasibility of a direct connection between the Towpath Trail's Harvard Avenue trailhead and the Metroparks Zoo. Information about the Brooklyn and Lower Big Creek planning initiatives is available at the Friends of Big Creek website at:


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