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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

About 100 people participated in the Akron Ride of Silence last night, one of hundreds of similar events happening around the world to honor cyclists killed on public roadways.

The sound of spokes was the only noise during the low-speed, 7-mile route that wound through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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TOM JONES / CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is showing off plans for its $5.9 million visitor center tonight, and they’re looking for citizen input.

The new visitors’ center will be at the corner of Riverview and Boston Mills Roads in Boston Village.

The Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is leading the fundraising for the project, and has also coordinated the design process.

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AKRON SOUL TRAIN

Applications open today for a unique artists’ residency in Akron that takes place this summer.

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LAURA FONG / WKSU

The Countryside Conservancy has a new executive director. Tracy Emrick has been the acting director since last fall, when she took over from founder Darwin Kelsey. He passed away last December. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia caught up with Emrick over coffee. He asked her about her friend and mentor and what challenges she sees for urban farming in Northeast Ohio.

JEFF ST. CLAIR / WKSU

President-elect Donald Trump has said he wants to open up federal lands for more oil and gas drilling. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on how that might affect the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Hundreds of people gathered at Happy Days Lodge in Peninsula Saturday to pay their respects to Darwin Kelsey, founding director of Countryside Conservancy.

A lone violinist played “Ave Maria” at the memorial for Kelsey, one of the few somber moments in what was really a celebration life.

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MARK URYCKI / WKSU

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is trying to find anyone who attended a camp for Akron school children that closed nearly 70 years ago. Happy Days Lodge is now an event space and rental facility in Virginia Kendall area of the national park.

But when it was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, it was a camp for children from the Akron Public Schools. Now, the National Park Service is collecting oral histories from people who attended the camp.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

The National Park Service officially turns 100 years old today. It includes Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which is much younger: was established as a national recreation area in 1974 and elevated to  park status in 2000.

WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia recently took a time trip with one of the park’s roving historians to examine the valley’s past.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Cuyahoga Valley National Park celebrated the National Park Service’s 100th birthday over the weekend. And as WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports, officials have some ideas about how to help the park thrive for another century.

Thousands of people enjoyed music, kayaking and face painting at Howe Meadow in Peninsula on Sunday. It’s part of what started as the Cuyahoga Valley Recreation Area in 1974 and was designated a national park in 2000.

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AMERICAN SOLAR CHALLENGE

An eight-day, solar-powered road rally kicks off this week in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The American Solar Challenge takes place every two years, and features solar-powered cars built by college students.  This year’s event will hit nine national parks in celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park spokeswoman Jennie Vasarhelyi says the event is a perfect fit given the park's focus on sustainability and climate change.

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JEFF ST. CLAIR / WKSU

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is hosting its first “Bio-Blitz” starting tomorrow at noon.

The 24-hour BioBlitz is being led by 70 scientists who will do everything from counting and cataloging the fish in Indigo Lake to identifying the types of spiders at Virginia Kendall Ledges.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is looking for more than 1,100 volunteers to comprehensively catalog the plants and animals in the park.

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CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

A new study shows that the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is pumping about $200 million into Northeast Ohio's economy.

The National Park Service report says close to 2.3 million visitors spent money in the communities near the park, which span about 33,000 acres in Summit and Cuyahoga Counties.

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