Valley Picnic Area Park Lot CLosed - Plateau Trail Loop Affected
Valley Picnic Area Parking Lot is closed for the replacement of the damaged culvert on the Plateau Trail, from dusk on Monday, September 22 to 5 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014. Access to Plateau Trail is via the Oak Hill Trailhead. Loop unavailable.
Valley Bridle Trail south of SR 303, across from golf course, is collapsed by river. Hard closure. Plateau Trail Bridge, north of Valley Picnic Area is closed. No detours. Plateau & Oak Hill trails are open. More »
Cuyahoga Valley National Park Receives Over 3.2 million for Railroad Projects
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, CVNP, 440-456-5995
Contact: Kelly Steele-Moore, CVSR, 330-657-1915
Brecksville, Ohio - Cuyahoga Valley National Park received $3.2 million in Federal Funds from Federal Transit Administration announced by Administrator Peter Rogoff at a press conference today at Rockside Boarding Station in Independence. This grant will fund five projects to improve visitor services to the park's alternative transportation system, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR).
Representatives from CVNP, CVSR and other park partners, as well as dignitaries and public officials were present, including: Congressman Kucinich (OH-10); Congresswoman Sutton (OH-13); Mayor Westfall of Valley View; and representatives from the offices of Senator Brown, Congressman Ryan, and Congresswoman Fudge.
"We are pleased to receive this funding for critical projects to improve visitor safety and access to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. This railroad is the park's alternative transportation system and it is a great example of a public-private partnership that works!" said Superintendent Stan Austin.
The five Cuyahoga Valley National Park projects include the following:
"CVSR appreciates this incredible investment in the future and the on-going desire for alternative transportation to and through Cuyahoga Valley National Park. We are fortunate to have such great partners in the National Park service, and have the importance of this organization recognized on a federal level," said President and CEO Steve Wait.
The visit to Cuyahoga Valley National Park is part of a nationwide announcement of $40.8 million in grants from U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in relation to the FTA's Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks grant program. A complete list of projects can be found at http://www.fta.dot.gov/grants/13094.html.
Did You Know?
The Ohio & Erie Canal, which runs through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, was a 308-mile waterway connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River. This transportation route, which influenced local and national prosperity, was dug entirely by hand by mostly German and Irish immigrants.