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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 »

Peninsula’s Fifth Annual Plein Air Competition Seeking Artists

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Date: April 4, 2013
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, CVNP, (440) 546-5995, (440) 343-7355 (cell)
Contact: Debra Bures, Elements Gallery, 330-657-2788

Brecksville, Ohio - Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and the Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce details of the Fifth Annual Plein Air Competition-Along the Crooked River: 100 Years Later. This plein air event will take place in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Village of Peninsula, Friday through Sunday, June 7 to 9, 2013.

En plein air is a French expression referring to the process of painting "in the open air". Peninsula's competition, which has drawn participants from around the country, invites artists of two-dimensional art medium to paint at selected sites in the Village of Peninsula, as well as locations along the Cuyahoga River. The decision to highlight the river this year is in commemoration of the massive Flood of 1913 that engulfed the Cuyahoga Valley and destroyed the Ohio and Erie Canal.

Artwork must be created on site in the true impromptu plein air style. The competition is open to artists 18 years of age and there is no limit on the number of pieces of artwork produced during the competition. However, only two pieces may be submitted for judging. Prizes will be awarded. Artwork created during the competition will be displayed at Peninsula Art Academy Gallery from Saturday, June 29 through Saturday, August 10, 2013, and will be for sale.

Registration for participants is now open and will continue through the end of the event. For more information visit www.explorepeninsula.com/plein-air-competition, or contact Debra or Steve Bures at 330-657-2788.

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.

The Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce is comprised of shops, galleries, museums, businesses, organizations, and eateries in the Valley. The Chamber works to welcome and to invite visitors to "Explore Peninsula and Experience all we have to offer". With annual events and seasonal celebrations centered around the arts, agriculture, history and folklore, Peninsula truly offers something for everyone.

-NPS-

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Did You Know?

Aerial view of the winding Cuyahoga River.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park's namesake river flows north and south. The Cuyahoga River begins its 100 mile journey in Geauga County, flows south to Cuyahoga Falls where it turns sharply north and flows through CVNP. American Indians referred to the U-shaped river as Cuyahoga or "crooked river."