Strategic Action Plan

Strategic Planning is an important process for any organization in order to set priorities and focus. Beginning in late 2015, staff at Cuyahoga Valley National Park came together to work on developing a Strategic Action Plan. As a result of the development process, it became apparent that the time is right for a Strategic Action Plan with a focus on the Cuyahoga River Watershed. This focus allowed Cuyahoga Valley National Park and its partners the opportunity to highlight the importance of this key feature of the park’s enabling legislation.

Vision: In 2021, the Cuyahoga River Watershed, its metropolitan communities, and Cuyahoga Valley National Park are international symbols of human and ecosystem renewal.

Victory: By 2021, the Cuyahoga River is no longer listed as an environmental Area of Concern and is celebrated through national and international environmental awards and designations.

Visitors enjoying the sunset and colorful trees at the Ledges Overlook in the fall
The Ledges Overlook in the fall.

© Tom Jones

Mission Statement

The park's mission statement pulls key language from the park purpose set by the law the created the park in 1974:

To preserve and protect for public use and enjoyment the historic, scenic, natural, and recreational values of the Cuyahoga River Valley, to maintain the open space necessary for the urban environment, and to provide for the recreational and educational needs of the visiting public.

Foundation Document

Every unit of the national park system is required to have a formal statement of its core mission that will provide basic guidance for all planning and management decisions. Please contact us for a copy of our foundation document.


Discover the Story of Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Western Reserve PBS created a one-hour documentary, Generations: Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This video tells the story of the park's natural wonders and the people whose lives have crossed its many paths.

More Information

Last updated: April 9, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

15610 Vaughn Road
Brecksville, OH 44141


440 717-3890

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