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Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995
Brecksville, Ohio - The Boston Mills area has become a center of visitor activity due to the presence of the popular Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and other National Park Service (NPS) facilities including the Boston Store Visitor Center, Boston Mill Boarding Station, M.D. Garage, Volunteer Center as well as the Trail Mix store operated by The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park.The NPS is considering ways to improve and enhance parking, movement, and visitor experiences in the Boston Mills area while reducing effects on local residents by completing a comprehensive evaluation of current issues and planning improvements of park facilities in the area. This planning effort will likely include nearby park facilities outside of the Historic District on Hines Hill Road and Stanford Road such as Hines Hill Conference Center and Stanford House.It will also include an evaluation of the historic Zielenski Court property (a potential future park or partner facility).
Proposed alternatives may include new parking lots, walking paths, railroad infrastructure, short connector trails, relocations of visitor center functions and visitor activities, and changes in building utilization. This plan will also take into consideration current trail planning efforts that may affect the Boston Mills area.
This document is being prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR 1508.9). The EA will include discussions of the proposed project's potential impacts on the environment.
Public input is a valuable component of our planning process.We encourage the public to provide ideas and alternatives and identify important planning issues. There will be additional opportunities for public input throughout this planning process.
Additional details and information will be posted on the NPS Planning Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/cuva.Comments can be submitted via PEPC regarding this project through July 27, 2011.We encourage you to provide comments via the PEPC web site.However, written comments can be mailed to the address below:
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
15610 Vaughn Road
Brecksville, OH 44141
If you have any questions or would like to discuss the project in more detail, please contact Kevin Skerl at 330- 650-5071 ext. 4.
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 www.dayinthevalley.com or call 330-657-2752 or 800-257-9477.