Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition

photo of volunteers at Park East
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

A long-neglected park near downtown Akron has been refurbished and expanded as part of the ongoing Civic Commons project.

Akron's Revitalization Plans Get a Good Review

Feb 9, 2018
Mitchell Silver at the Civic
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Akron is on the right trajectory. That’s what New York City’s Parks & Recreation Commissioner told local planners and interested citizens at a community conversation last night at Akron Civic Theater

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MARK AREHART / WKSU

One of Akron’s historic canal locks has gotten a makeover. 

Every day walkers, cyclists and runners use the Towpath Trail that winds through Akron. Many like to stop and sit by a tranquil waterfall near Canal Park.

“It’s kind of a tiny park along the Towpath Trail and Canal. If listeners are regular trail users, they might have passed it and not necessarily seen it," Katelyn Freil with the Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition said. 

Akron groups want community members to voice their opinions on a proposed trail that would stretch 6 miles throughout the city.

The Rubber City Heritage Trail follows old railroad tracks through downtown. Dan Rice of the Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition says meetings this week will discuss options for the trail.

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Akron officials are holding a meeting Monday to find out how residents want to use a $5 million grant to improve public spaces.

The grant comes from the Knight Foundation's Reimagining the Civic Commons project, which awarded the grant to Akron, as well as Memphis, Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia earlier this month.

The project will allow residents to decide how the money will be spent to improve three civic areas around the city.

Artist rendering of the Towpath Trail archway in Akron
THE OHIO AND ERIE CANALWAY COALITION

Two Northeast Ohio artists have been chosen to design artwork for the Towpath Trail in downtown Akron.

The artwork is part of the Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition’s i-Towpath project, which seeks to improve the trail.

John Comunale will design an entrance archway at Ash and Quaker streets in Akron. Jessica Lofthus will create a mural for the nearby Cascade Plaza Parking Garage.

Photo of the vandalized Towpath Trail bridge near Akron
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  The bridge that was destroyed by a arson on the Towpath Trail in Akron two weeks ago is back open.

Summit Metro Parks installed a temporary bypass for parkgoers to use while city and park officials work on a permanent fix.

Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition President Dan Rice says it’s been a top priority to get the bridge reopened, even with a temporary fix.

Photo of the vandalized Towpath Trail bridge near Akron
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The Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition has started a crowdsourcing effort to repair a bridge on the Towpath Trail that was set on fire by vandals.

The blaze destroyed a 40-foot section of the floating bridge that sits near West Wilbeth Road in Akron. Investigators say propane was used to start the fire.