River Access Improvements
The park is improving existing river access and planning new places for wildlife viewing, paddling, and fishing along the Cuyahoga River Water Trail.
Army Corps of Engineers Floodplain Restoration
This project will reshape areas of the floodplain on both sides of the Cuyahoga River one mile south from Station Road Bridge. Work will impact Towpath Trail access and Station Road Bridge Trailhead parking. It might affect river access. Towpath Trail closures between Station Road Bridge and Red Lock trailheads are possible.
Wetmore Habitat and Wetland Restoration
Improve water quality, enhance wildlife habitat, and decrease erosion through the removal invasive species on over 110 acres of degraded habitat including fields, former wetlands, and previously forested land.
Reforest approximately 29 acres of former pasture, and establish woody vegetation along about 700-linear feet of Dickerson Run.
Create a small (less than half acre) wetland to retain stormwater runoff and improve the condition of up to 1,000-linear feet of streams near the Wetmore Trailhead parking lot using a technique called regenerative stormwater conveyance. This is a technique for restoring streams with a series of steps and pools.
Most of the work will be done by park staff and volunteers.
The site was be mowed to prepare it for reforestation efforts. Reforestation began in September 2019 and continued through the fall of 2020.
Reforestation and restoration will include planting native species such as sycamore, red maple, and cottonwood.
Boston Area Improvements
Parking has been reconfigured near Boston Store to improve pedestrian flow and access to facilities and services.
Some hardened surfaces are planned to be removed to reduce runoff into the Cuyahoga River.
A pedestrian bridge over the Cuyahoga River will be constructed to provide safe access between Boston Mill Visitor Center and the Boston Store area. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2022 and last approximately 6 months. The project is managed by the Office of the Summit County Engineer.
Stanford Run Restoration
Stanford Run has been modified over the years by agricultural activities, construction of the Ohio & Erie Canal, and regional development. The stream was cut off from the Cuyahoga River and a large wetland of invasive plants formed. As a result, Stanford Road regularly flooded. From winter 2019 to winter 2020, the US Army Corps of Engineers installed a larger culvert under the Towpath Trail and excavated a new meandering stream channel. Volunteers planted about 1,000 native trees. Construction has been completed, but habitat restoration continues.
Jaite Mill Remediation
Evaluation and mitigation of contamination and contaminated soils associated with the historic Jaite Paper Mill. Work will involve closures to the Towpath and Valley trails between Boston and Red Lock trailheads.
Are you interested in helping restore the health of the Cuyahoga River? Join us for one of our habitat restoration volunteer opportunities.
Last updated: September 10, 2021