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Towpath Trail & ecological restoration

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/14/07 @ 4:30pm

Slowly, the plans are unwinding on how to extend the Towpath Trail its most challenging six miles imaginable-along the urban shipping channel of the Cuyahoga River to Cleveland's Lakefront. An eight-group partnership including Cuyahoga County, Cleveland Metroparks and Ohio Canal Corridor presented plans at the Zoo yesterday that focus on Stage One-a one-mile segment of the multi-use path from its current terminus to Steelyard Commons, and the surrounding corridor.

The open house gathered public input on ideas from the Cuyahoga Valley Initiative and national ecological design consultants Biohabitats, Inc. and Andropogon. Some of the more intriguing plans call for a full restoration of the river's natural edge in an area just a stone's throw from Mittal Steel, and capturing water running off bridges to feed rain gardens. Pretty neat ideas. Read more.

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