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Cuyahoga Valley National Park awards $2 million contract to restore open space

Wetland with grey clouds and blue sky reflected in water, wooden boardwalk on the right. Leafless trees in the distance.
Beaver Marsh, a former auto scrapyard, is now a thriving habitat and popular CVNP destination

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News Release Date: January 13, 2022

Contact: Pamela Barnes, 440-241-5857

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio – Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) has started  a $2 million project to remove vacant structures and restore natural landscapes throughout the park. Funded by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), the enhancements will provide increased recreational opportunities for park visitors. The project is expected to be completed in spring 2022. Updates will be posted on the park website. 

"CVNP was created to protect and restore the Cuyahoga River valley and provide recreational open space for people” said Lisa Petit, Cuyahoga Valley National Park superintendent. “This project will revitalize 12 acres of park land by returning it to its natural condition and help us provide visitors with a safer, more enjoyable experience.”   

With more than 2.8 million visitors in 2020, CVNP is one of the most popular national parks in the country. This GAOA funding enables the park to take on a long-anticipated project that supports its mission to provide vital green space and recreational opportunities for public enjoyment. The 33 non-historic buildings and their surrounding areas were acquired decades ago with the intention of dismantling the structures and reforesting and restoring the land for public use. Reforestation also helps meet the goals outlined in the park’s Climate Action Plan and Strategic Action Plan.   

The removal of the buildings, some of which have been vandalized and pose a safety hazard, will eliminate more than $7 million of maintenance backlog for these facilities. The contractor selected for this project is a certified veteran-owned, local business.  

GAOA’s National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund, supported by revenue from energy development, provides up to $1.9 billion per year for five years to make significant enhancements in national parks and other public lands to ensure their preservation and provide opportunities for recreation, education and enjoyment for current and future visitors. GAOA, the recently passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and other construction funding sources are part of a concerted effort to address the extensive maintenance backlog in national parks.   

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 resources in one setting. For more information, visit us at on Facebook ,Twitter or Instagram, or call 440-717-3890.

Last updated: January 13, 2022

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