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Contact: Alanna Sobel, National Park Foundation, 202-354-6486
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, Cuyahoga Valley National Park,, 440-546-5995
National Park Foundation
(Brecksville, Ohio) August 8, 2013 – Cuyahoga Valley National Park is one of 22 national parks across the country selected to receive a 2013 Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. Now in its fifth year, the Active Trails program supports hands-on projects that encourage the public to lead healthy lives by actively engaging in trail work, special events and community activities that help restore, protect and/or create land and water trails across the country.
"Through the Active Trails program, we are able to help national parks across the country in their efforts to maintain and enhance the 17,000 miles of land and water trails that we currently have," said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "These grants also help national parks create new trails and encourage healthy lifestyles by offering opportunities for the public to be active in their national parks."
Cuyahoga Valley National Park will use the Active Trails grant to hire park rangers to get out into the surrounding communities to promote Health and Wellness opportunities in the park. Park Rangers will also present interpretive programming that promotes trail use for physical and mental health.
"We are pleased to receive the Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation," said Cheryl Schreier, Acting Superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. "This grant helped the park launch a campaign for surrounding communities to learn about the park for health and wellness. We hope to build upon this initiative to continue to showcase the park as a place for active living."
Since 2008, the National Park Foundation has granted nearly $1.7 million through its Active Trails program. To date, Active Trails has engaged more than 4,700 volunteers and 131 project partners who combined have contributed more than 21,000 hours to help promote, refurbish or build national park trails that were ultimately enjoyed by 304,000 visitors (and counting!).
The 2013 Active Trails Grantees include:
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Montana
Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
Buffalo National River, Arkansas
Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Oklahoma
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Pennsylvania
George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Virginia
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Gulf Islands National Seashore, Mississippi and Florida
Joshua Tree National Park, California
Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, Tennessee
North Country National Scenic Trail, Minnesota
Ocmulgee National Monument, Georgia
Point Reyes National Seashore, California
River Raisin National Battlefield Park, Michigan
Russell Cave National Monument, Alabama
Saguaro National Park, Arizona
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Arizona
Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Utah
Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
A listing of these parks and their Active Trails project descriptions can be found on the National Park Foundation website.
The National Park Foundation wishes to thank Coca-Cola and the Coca-Cola Foundation for their generous support of the Active Trails program.
For more information on the National Park Foundation or how you can support and protect America’s national parks, please visit www.nationalparks.org.
ABOUT CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
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.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, raises private funds that directly aid, support and enrich America’s more than 400 national parks and their programs. Chartered by Congress as the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation plays a critical role in conservation and preservation efforts, establishing national parks as powerful learning environments, and giving all audiences an equal and abundant opportunity to experience, enjoy and support America’s treasured places. www.nationalparks.org.