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Towpath turns the corner

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/12/06 @ 4:11pm

Bringing the Towpath Trail the last six miles to downtown Cleveland has been an uphill battle. But—like the Cleveland ‘renaissance’ in the 1990s—it took a public-private partnership at Steelyard Commons to spark the first trail built in the city in many years. The 1-mile loop completed at Steelyard this fall gives new hope to those working on filling in the gaps.

Another defining moment for the Towpath is here. The Ohio Legislature is considering H.B. 699, which includes $1.9 million to build a 1-mile segment of trail from Steelyard to the Industrial Flats near Tremont.

Cuyahoga County Commissioners, the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the City of Cleveland are working together to impress upon lawmakers—who could vote as early as next week—the importance of funding the Towpath extension. They’re calling it a major catalyst for economic development and a recreational and environmental asset to our region.

Read more about the issue, and see how you can get involved here.

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