Ohio to Erie Trail included in priority Conservation Projects
Ohio to Erie Trail Connections are included in the President's America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative to establish a community-based, 21st century agenda for conservation, recreation, and reconnecting Americans to the outdoors.
WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today released a final 50-State America’s Great Outdoors Report outlining more than 100 of the country’s most promising projects designed to protect special places and increase access to outdoor spaces. The full report – which contains two projects per state – comes as part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative to establish a community-based, 21st century agenda for conservation, recreation, and reconnecting Americans to the outdoors.
“We have listened to the American people and their elected representatives about the most important things we can do to conserve our land and water and reconnect people, especially young people, to the outdoors,” Salazar said. “These projects represent what states believe are among the best investments in the nation to support a healthy, active population, conserve wildlife and working lands, and create travel, tourism and outdoor-recreation jobs across the nation.”
Urban Parks and Water Trail
- Ohio to Erie Trail Connections
Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio
Project Description Need: The Ohio to Erie Trail is intended to be a continuous trail from Lake Erie to the Ohio River, linking lands that railroads and canals formerly used. When completed, it will connect Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati as well as many other communities. By closing two gaps in the system in Columbus, the route will be completely connected for 160 miles. The proposed trails, Alum Creek and Camp Chase, travel through low-income neighborhoods and would give access to 18 city parks and connect with the Battelle Darby Creek and Big Darby Creek national scenic rivers. This effort would support AGO goals by increasing access to urban green spaces. Both trail projects are construction-ready and have ample support locally and from the state. The Cleveland component proposes to create new urban parks along the mouth and shoreline of Cuyahoga River. To increase recreational access, the project proposes a new launch area for canoes and kayaks and allows for the estab- lishment of a Water Trail along the Cuyahoga River.
Potential Action: Provide financial support for acquiring the land to complete gaps in the trail system in Columbus and for acquiring land for two urban parks and creation of public river access in Cleveland.
Partners: NPS, FWS, Columbus Recreation and Parks, Cleveland Metroparks, local nongovernmental organizations, and youth corps. (page 80)
The 2nd Project in Ohio is the Grand Lake St. Marys Watershed Wetland Development and Environmental Restoration. (page 81)
America's Great Outdoors Fifty-State Report
See page 80 and 81
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