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    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail Closed

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Date: March 10, 2011
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995
Contact: Kelly Steele, 800-468-4070 ext. 230

Brecksville, Ohio – The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park is once again closed due to excessive flooding. The trail closure includes associated parking lots from Lock 39 Trailhead in Independence to Botzum Trailhead in Akron. Boston Store Visitor Center is open and parking is available only for access to the visitor center. Canal Visitor Center is closed.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has cancelled all train excursions for Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13, 2011. This includes the "Ales on the Rails" Beer Tasting Excursion scheduled for Friday, March 11. The event is rescheduled for Friday, March 25, 7 to 9 p.m. Boston Mill Station.

Please respect all park closures for the safety of visitors, resources, and park staff. Please do not drive through moving water or designated closed areas. Flood waters from the Cuyahoga River can contain elevated levels of bacteria, pathogens, sewage, chemicals, pesticides, and other toxins. Risks may include exposure to salmonella, E. coli, and tetanus. Prime growing conditions for allergens and molds may also be present. Never enter closed areas, do not permit your dog to walk in the leftover mud, hose off your boots, and wash all exposed skin immediately with antibacterial soap and water.

Please visit www.nps.gov/cuva/flooding-in-the-park.htm or call 440-546-5960 for up-to-date closure and cancellation information.

CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva or www.dayinthevalley.com or call 330-657-2752 or 800-257-9477.

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