CUYAHOGA, SUMMIT, STARK, TUSCARAWAS Counties, Ohio – December 10, 2012 – The Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area has determined its Strategic Initiatives Awards for 2012. A total of eight projects are receiving awards totaling $121,000. These awards will leverage over $2,531,397 in private, local and state funding into the National Heritage Area.
“Our 2012 Strategic Initiative Awards are focused on the building and extension of Canalway core components and their connections as well as investments into associated visitor nodes,” stated Tim Donovan and Dan Rice, Co-Executive Directors of the Canalway. “Our ultimate goal is to focus Federal funds into priority projects as defined by our Corridor Management Plan.”
The awards allow the Ohio & Erie Canalway to provide critical seed grants to local communities working on the Towpath Trail and preserving historic structures, while leveraging significant amounts of local, private and state investment for the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area. Historically, for every $1 federal dollar awarded, the Ohio & Erie Canalway has leveraged at least $3 dollars of local, private and state investment. “We’re happy to report that in this year’s Strategic Initiatives Awards program, the awards will leverage just over $20 for every $1 federal dollar awarded,” Donovan and Rice noted.
2012 Strategic Initiatives Awards
The Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area’s 2012 Strategic Initiatives Program will help support the following projects within the four-county footprint of the Canalway:
- Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad - Award: $15,000
- Description: Passenger Comfort: Restroom Renovations on eight train cars.
- University Circle Inc. – Circlewalk - Award: $23,000
- Description: Develop a “Circlewalk” curricula designed to attract visitors to University Circle. This would involve the creation of interpretive experiences.
- Land Studio, Inc. – Lake Link Trail Study - Award: $15,000
- Description: Complete the design and engineering portion of a design-build contract for the Lake Link Trail - Towpath Trail connector.
- Metro Parks, Serving Summit County - Award: $20,000
- Description: Freedom Trail - Phase 2 Design & Engineering - provide design and engineering drawings that could be used to bid and construct the Freedom Trail (Southwest Avenue in Tallmadge to Arlington St. in Akron).
- Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park - Award: $10,000
- Description: Peninsula Retail/Visitor Service Facility in Cuyahoga Valley National Park - support leasehold improvement costs including HVAC, electrical upgrades, insulation, lighting, and plumbing on Peninsula retail/visitor service facility.
- City of Cuyahoga Falls – Gorge Terrace Neighborhood - Trail & Greenway Plan - Award: $5,000
- Description: Help produce a trail and greenway plan for the Gorge Terrace Neighborhood.
- Massillon Parks & Recreation - Award: $2,000
- Description: Signage on Towpath Trail in Massillon - place signs that direct people around portion of the trail that is not compete.
- Ohio Historical Society – Bimeler Museum Restoration - Award: $30,000
- Description: Repair damage to Bimeler House caused by flooding at Zoar Village in 2005. The end result will be the structural stabilization and restoration of the Bimeler Museum.
About the Ohio & Erie Canalway Strategic Initiatives Program
Since the founding of the Ohio & Erie Canalway, the National Heritage Area has awarded over $8.3 million for projects, plans and programs within the Canalway. These funds have been matched with more than $28 million from private, local, state, and other non-federal funding sources. This has allowed the Ohio & Erie Canalway to contribute to the construction of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, the America’s Byway, and Visitor Facilities and Services throughout the Canalway.
About the Ohio & Erie Canalway
– The Ohio & Erie Canalway is a National Heritage Area – designated by Congress – to help preserve and celebrate the rails, trails, landscapes, towns and sites that grew up along the first 110 miles of the canal that helped Ohio and our nation grow. A map of the National Heritage Area, along with Strategic Initiatives Program guidelines, can be found online at: www.ohioanderiecanalway.com