Towpath Trail

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

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

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

State, local and federal officials broke ground on Saturday on the final piece of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail in Cleveland. 

The final section will run from Tremont to Canal Basin Park and should be done by 2021.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

A Cleveland site that was once part of the World War II-era project to develop the atomic bomb, could be re-developed. But first, it needs to be cleaned up. And residents who live near the property are concerned about the options.

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, May 2: 

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, July 30:

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

The city of Akron is looking to boost the number of people living downtown. Could that mean adding thousands of cars -- or adding thousands of people who decide they don’t need a car? WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia has more on how transportation could be changing in the Rubber City.

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Akron City Council will be looking at its capital budget tonight, which includes one measure that would set aside $20,000 for a study of a possible bike-and-hike trail through what was once a maze of rubber companies.

The study would consider whether to build what’s being called the Rubber City Heritage Trail. The plan is in the early stages, but it would be a route of about 7 miles running along a rail line that once served the Goodyear, Bridgestone and Firestone campuses.

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MARK URYCKI / WKSU

Akron has gotten $5 million to connect public spaces along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. but as WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports, how to accomplish that will be up to the public.

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Cleveland Metroparks

Getting around the Cleveland Metroparks by bike or on foot will soon be easier for residents of Cleveland’s near westside neighborhoods.

The park system has been awarded an $8 million federal transportation grant to help connect isolated neighborhoods to existing trails, green spaces and public transportation.

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
SUMMIT METRO PARKS / TWITTER

  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.