Canalway Towpath Trail turns 25: Talk of the Towns

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio – With 2.5 million visitors per year who make their way to the iconic 101-mile towpath that runs through the heart of the canal, the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Zone team is delighted to announce the celebration of its 25th anniversary.

The Ohio & Erie Canalway is a National Heritage Area designated by Congress in 1996 to preserve and celebrate the rails, trails, landscapes, towns and sites that grew along the first 110 miles of the canal that helped America to develop.

The Congressional designation was given to the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area in 1996, thanks to a young lawyer, Ralph Regula, in the village of Navarre.

Canalway Partners was founded in Cleveland to focus on the project in Cleveland and Cuyahoga counties, and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition was founded in Canal Fulton to focus on Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas counties. Working together, Canalway Partners and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition advocated for Congressional designation of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area in 1996.

Since then, the main achievements of the region include:

  • Ohio & Erie Canalway State and National Scenic Byway designation by the Ohio Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration
  • Development of over 90 miles of the multi-use Ohio & Erie Canal towpath, creating a framework that spurred planning for over 500 miles of regional connecting trails
  • Designation of the Cuyahoga River as an American Heritage River

Co-directors of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Association, who manage the Ohio & Erie Canal National Heritage Area, Dan Rice and Mera Cardenas share: “By working together we are creating a legacy for future generations in Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area. Since 1986, we’ve celebrated natural, historic and recreational resources along the historic Cleveland Canal in New Philadelphia. In partnership and in collaboration with our neighbors, community organizations, elected officials, government units and funders, we are developing the 101 mile Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath and over 500 miles of connecting trails, preserving historic buildings and natural areas, and create programming that enhances the enjoyment of the region.

Looking to the future, the team is excited to share strategic plans that include:

  • Completing the 101 mile Ohio and Erie Canal towpath from Cleveland to New Philadelphia, Ohio
  • The development of 500 miles of regional connection trails, including the Zoar Connection Trail, the Rubber City Heritage Trail, the Freedom Trail, and the New Philadelphia Bicycle and Connectivity Plan
  • Implementation of the Canal Basin Park in Cleveland
  • Akron Civic Commons Lock 3 and Summit Lake Park implementation in Akron along the Ohio & Erie Canal towpath
  • Promotion of natural, historic and recreational resources along the Ohio National Heritage Area and the Erie Canal.

For more information on the Ohio National Heritage Area and the Erie Canal, please visit

Gardening club: Welcome to Chippewa Garden. Garden Clubs are for everyone. Join a friend or join yourself. You are sure to meet many like-minded gardeners and garden enthusiasts.

Here are five reasons why you should join a Garden Club:

1. You have a green thumb

2. You don’t have a green thumb

3. You like to learn gardening

4. You care about conservation

5. You want to talk about gardens with other garden-conscious people

And don’t forget the flower shows. The garden club’s flower shows are the highlights of each season.

Join the Chippewa Garden Club on the 4th Tuesday of the month starting Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brecksville Human Services Building, 2 Community Drive, Brecksville. The social services building is located behind the community center. This meeting will provide highlights for 2021, as well as committees discussing plans and projects for 2022.

Also, Deyampert Giles, horticulturist, designer and certified arborist ISA, will present his program “From the garden to the bottle”, which will explore the wide range of plants used in the perfume industry.

It would be a great opportunity for someone to hear what the club have been up to in the past and what they are planning to do in the future.

For more information, please contact Noreen at 440-838-1186 or [email protected] As well. visit or follow the club on Facebook for articles on the garden and club activities.

Chippewa Garden Club is a member of the National Garden Club, Inc.-Central Atlantic Region, the Garden Club of Ohio, Inc.-Cleveland District, and Holden Forests & Gardens.

Holiday lights: Holiday lights are considered tangles and should not be placed in your curbside collection in Broadview Heights. Tanglers, such as Christmas lights and power cords, will cause problems and downtime at the local recycling facility. All broken and burnt out string lights, power strips, and power cords can be dropped off at the Broadview Heights Service Garage off Oakes Road. There will be a trash can outside with a sign. Place lost items in the trash and take all bags and boxes home. Artificial trees, solar lights and outdoor spotlights are not accepted.

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