Canal Visitor Center Closure
Canal Visitor Center will be closed for construction, starting Monday, May 6, 2013. It will reopen with new exhibits in early 2014.
Riverview Road Closure
Riverview Rd from the Cuyahoga Falls line north to the Peninsula line will be re-paved, beginning the week of April 22. Expect delays. Flaggers will direct traffic. Work is expected to be completed by Memorial Day weekend.
Towpath Trail Closure
NPS has closed the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail from Hillside Road to Stone Road in Valley View. A section of the trail is not passable due to hazardous conditions caused by erosion. Towpath is expected to be open by Memorial Day, May 27.
Bald Eagle Closure in Effect
RR tracks, and 30 foot right of way on either side, are closed to all foot traffic from the Rt. 82 Bridge at Station Rd, north to the RR tracks at. The Cuyahoga R. downstream of the Brecksville Dam to the Fitzwater Rd Bridge is closed to water activities.
The park's mission statement pulls key language from the park purpose set by the law the created the park in 1974:
To preserve and protect for public use and enjoyment the historic, scenic, natural, and recreational values of the Cuyahoga River Valley, to maintain the open space necessary for the urban environment, and to provide for the recreational and educational needs of the visiting public.
By fostering a culture of excellence, innovation, and superior public service, Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be widely recognized as a leader among national parks.
The public will see Cuyahoga Valley National Park as a major regional asset and national tourism destination.
This means that we will:
· Be a destination park for visitors from all 50 states.
· Provide value and positive financial impact to the region.
· Foster safety in everything we do.
· Be considered a leader and innovator in:
o Stewardship of resources in an urban setting
o Visitor experience
o Embracing and leveraging park partners for success
o Environmental sustainability
The goals that will define the park's strategic activities over the next several years are:
Did You Know?
Lock 27 along the Ohio & Erie Canal became known as Johnnycake Lock after several boats ran aground due to flooding. While stranded, supplies ran low and canal passengers and crew ate only corn meal pancakes, known as "johnnycakes".