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    Cuyahoga Valley

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  • Valley Bridle Trail Partial Closure

    A section of the Valley Bridle Trail is closed across from the Brandywine Golf Course. There is no estimate of when this section will be open. Please observe all trail closures. More »

  • Plateau Trail Partial Closure

    The outer loop of the Plateau Trail is closed at the Valley Picnic Area junction for bridge repair. The bridge is now unsafe for pedestrian traffice due to accelerated erosion around the base. More »

  • Bald Eagle Closure in Effect Until July 31, 2014

    Returning bald eagles are actively tending to last year's nest within the Pinery Narrows area in CVNP. To protect the eagles from human disturbance, the area surrounding the nest tree will be closed until July 31, 2014. More »

  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) Bridge Construction Closures

    Rockside and Canal Visitor Center boarding sites will be closed through Apr 27. From Jan 18 - Mar 16, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Brecksville stations. From Mar 22 - Apr, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Peninsula. More »

  • Do Not Feed the Waterfowl and Birds!

    Many people enjoy feeding waterfowl and birds, but the effects of this seemingly generous act can be harmful. Regular feeding can cause: unatural behavior, pollution, overcrowding, delayed migration, and poor nutrition and disease.

  • Closure on Fishing Will Remain in Effect for Virginia Kendall Lake

    Due to the government shutdown, we were unable to survey the fish community in VK Lake as scheduled. Our survey partners (ODNR) will not be able to get into the lake until early spring of 2014. Therefore, the closure on fishing will remain in effect. More »

Open Comment Period For Boston Mills Area Plan

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Date: August 30, 2012
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, CVNP, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7355 (cell)

Brecksville, Ohio - The National Park Service (NPS) has completed a Conceptual Development Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes the potential impacts of upgrades to visitor and employee facilities in the Boston Mills Historic District and nearby areas. The public is invited to provide comment starting Friday, August 31 through Sunday, September 30, 2012.

The Boston Mills area has become a center of visitor activity due to the presence of the popular Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and other NPS facilities including the Boston Store Visitor Center, Boston Mill Boarding Station, M.D. Garage, and the park's Volunteer Center. Nearby park facilities on Hines Hill Road and Stanford Road include Hines Hill Conference Center and Stanford House. Congestion and overcrowding are problems for both visitors and local residents during peak visitation.

The EA includes an analysis of three Alternatives which are different visions for the future of NPS facilities in the Boston Mills area, including a No Action (status quo) Alternative and two Action Alternatives. Additionally, for each Action Alternative, three Options for the potential use of the historic Zielenski Court property (a possible future NPS acquisition) as a new public use facility were evaluated.

The NPS has identified Alternative 3, Option B as its Preferred Alternative. This alternative includes substantial changes to the Boston Mills Area in order to focus on improving pedestrian movement and safety, concentrating parking outside of Boston's center, and restoring natural features. The NPS would seek to acquire Zielenski Court and transform it into the park's main visitor center with associated amenities including a welcome plaza and pedestrian bridge over the Cuyahoga River. The alternative also includes new parking areas paired with the closure of some existing lots, improved walking paths, a short interpretive trail loop, moving Boston Mill Boarding Station, expanded camping opportunities, and the restoration of native meadows, forests, and streams. A Statement of Findings in compliance with Director's Order 77-2: Floodplain Management is posted as an appendix to the EA.

Public input is a valuable component of the planning process. During the review period, the NPS is seeking substantive public input such as specific issues or impacts NPS may have not addressed or considered. The document and background material is available as an electronic copy on the NPS Planning Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/bostonplan

Comments can be submitted via PEPC through Sunday, September 30, 2012. Comments will not be accepted over the phone, by fax, or email. However, written comments can be mailed to: Superintendent, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 15610 Vaughn Road Brecksville, OH 44141.

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 call 330-657-2752.

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Did You Know?

Historic photo of canal boat on the Ohio & Erie Canal.

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".