CLEVELAND, Ohio -- With downtown Cleveland as the backdrop, the area's top officials and hundreds of Towpath Trail supporters gathered along the Scranton Peninsula on Monday to kick off a multi-million dollar project to extend the Towpath Trail and restore the land along the Cuyahoga River.

Construction should start within a month at the 11 acres along the two-thirds of a mile stretch between Scranton Road and the river, and "begin to knock the dominoes down" on the other missing stretches in Cleveland of the 110-mile trail stretching south to New Philadelphia said Tim Donovan, executive director of the Ohio Canal Corridor.

The project is funded by more than $9 million in grants, including $3 million from the Great Lakes Restoration Fund, and will replace the steel riverbanks with a natural habitat that will feature sections of fish hatcheries. The Towpath will run alongside the river, through newly planted evergreen trees.

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