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.
Tickets on Select Nights Available for The Polar Express™
Contact: Kelly Steele-Moore, (330) 657-1915
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Peninsula, Ohio - Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) has announced that tickets are still available on a few remaining nights for the popular holiday program, The Polar Express™. Tickets are sold through the railroad's website at www.CVSR.com. The Polar Express™ will be offered from November 17 through December 20, 2011, from the Rockside Station in Independence and the Akron Northside Station.
The dates that tickets are still available are November 17, 21, 28, 29 and 30th, for both the Akron Station and the Independence Station.
This holiday program is based on Chris Van Alsburg's Caldecott-winning book and Warner Bros. motion picture, The Polar Express™, where a young boy's trip to the North Pole revives his belief in the Christmas spirit.
Tickets for this enjoyable event will be $38 for everyone ages 1 and up for standard seating and $43 - $68 for an upgraded ticket (available on select nights). Processing fees will also apply. "CVSR looks forward to another exciting season of The Polar Express™. The countless hours put in by elves, Santa, and staff are rewarded in the expressions on children's faces. We feel honored to be able to bring this program to Northeast Ohio," commented Steve Wait, President and CEO of the railroad.
Trips depart nightly at 7 p.m. and return at 9 p.m. - with the addition of the two new matinees times which will be 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on December 17 & 18 only.
The Polar Express™ is offered in partnership with Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and through a license agreement with Rail Events, Inc. It has been an on-going tradition for families across Northeast Ohio for over 16 years.
Additionally, CVSR will be collecting winter clothing for local charities at the Rockside Station and Akron Northside Station during The Polar Express™ Season. The Polar Express™ train riders can make a difference in the lives of others by bringing new or gently used coats, hats, scarves, and gloves to the train the night of their program. These items will then be given to local charities to assist those who may need a little help and warmth this holiday season. Charities wishes to participate in the program can contact the railroad at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CVSR is a private sector, not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) volunteer supported organization operating in partnership with Cuyahoga Valley National Park and is dedicated to the preservation of passenger rail transportation in Cuyahoga Valley and the historic Ohio & Erie Canalway. CVSR will be celebrating its 40th anniversary of providing excursion rail service. For more information about the railroad, visit www.CVSR.com.
CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information about the park, visit www.nps.gov/cuva or www.dayinthevalley.com or call 330-657-2752 or 800-257-9477.
Did You Know?
American Indians in the Cuyahoga Valley were influenced by the Hopewell Culture, which created large mound complexes in central Ohio from 100 B.C. – A.D. 500? In the Cuyahoga Valley, American Indians built small mounds rather than large ceremonial centers.