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— The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park recently received big news on two park projects, including approval for a new visitors center and a grant to help complete the East Rim mountain bike trail.
The Conservancy’s Board of Directors voted to move forward with planning and construction of a new central Visitor Center for Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
This decision authorizes the purchase of land and buildings on the southeast corner of Riverview and Boston Mills roads in the Village of Boston. The historic property will be renovated to serve as a central, one-stop visitor center where visitors can plan their visit to the national park and surrounding communities.
The Conservancy is in its final stages of raising funds to support this project and says it will be fully funded by June 30.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Conservancy staff and volunteers will move forward with planning and design in 2017. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018, with a planned completion in the summer of 2019. The visitors center is expected to cost $5.9 million.
East Rim Trail completion and trail restoration
The Conservancy also received a $100,000 grant from the S.L. Gimbel Foundation Fund of The Community Foundation in California. The grant will fund completion of the East Rim mountain bike trail, as well as a sustainability assessment and restoration of existing trails.
The first 2.3-mile phase of the East Rim Trail opened last fall. The Gimbel Foundation Fund grant will support Phase 2 of the project, which will measure approximately 6.5 miles when complete. Park trail crews and volunteers will work through the year to complete the project, with a goal of completion in December 2017.
Grant funds will also be used to hire a youth work crew, which will work next summer to assess and help restore some of the park’s existing trails, using Sustainable Trail Design methods.
The East Rim Trail project is part of the TRAILS FOREVER initiative to preserve, protect and enhance the trails of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. TRAILS FOREVER is a partnership of the National Park Service, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and park volunteers.
For info. visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org.