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2013 Trails Forever Program accomplishments announced

1/2/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photos: National Park Service/Bill Zimmer
CVNP — The National Park Service (NPS) has announced 2013 Trails Forever program accomplishments.

According to NPS officials, the trails received much needed repairs and improvements. This past year, park staff completed 244 individual maintenance projects, along with the community support of 460 individual volunteers donating 8,733 hours. Through the funds generated by the Trails Forever Legacy Fund endowment, NPS purchased a trailer to haul tools for trail maintenance and hired a trails volunteer coordinator. The Legacy Fund is managed by the friends group Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

“Amazing trail projects were completed despite many financial and natural challenges,” said Bill Zimmer, CVNP trails manager. “With the support of many volunteers, we developed a new native log footbridge on Stanford Trail, an impressive rock staircase on Haskell Run Trail and over 100 feet of boardwalk installed on Cross Country Trail. We owe much of our success to the hard work and contributions of many volunteers and the Conservancy. Trail volunteers not only report trail problems, but come out once a month to fix the trails. The Conservancy helps organize the dedicated trail volunteers and fundraise to support the trail program through the Trails Forever Legacy Fund.”

The projects accomplished in 2013 include the following:

  • more than 220 downed and hazardous trees removed from trails;
  • tread repair and drainage work completed on 1,260 feet of trail on multi-use trails;
  • 21 trail signs replaced or repaired;
  • three trail bridges repaired at the following locations: Towpath Trail south of Jaite Mill, Wetmore Trail, Buckeye Trail and one bridge replaced on Stanford Trail (shown at top);
  • two benches installed on the Towpath Trail at Lock 35 (Whiskey Lock) and north of Station Road Bridge Trailhead;
  • 60 feet of trail fencing replaced on the Towpath Trail at Lock 29 in Peninsula (shown at right bottom) and Haskell Run Trail;
  • four trail culverts replaced with new stone-armored crossings at Stanford and Wetmore trails;
  • 9,750 feet of Towpath Trail resurfaced with limestone screenings;
  • 600 feet of Towpath Trail near Boston Store paved with new asphalt;
  • new rock staircase (50 feet) installed on Haskell Run/Ledges Connector trails (shown at right top); and
  • three trail reroutes installed (200 feet): Wetmore, Old Carriage Connector and Furnace Run trails. Reroutes were needed on these trails due to washouts and need for proper drainage and sustainability.
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