WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $1,003,068 was awarded to the National Park Service to develop a new installation at the Canal Visitor Center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Northeast Ohio. The U.S. Department of Transportation funds were distributed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to improve the visitor center located directly on the Ohio & Erie Canalway Byway. 

Based on FHWA estimates, about 28 new jobs would be created through this investment. Cuyahoga Valley National Park receives more than 2.8 million recreational visitors each year.

“This presents a new opportunity for local families and tourists – who seek adventure along the byway and in Northeast Ohio’s serene Cuyahoga Valley National Park – to learn more about the Ohio & Erie Canal,” Brown said. “Whether you’re travelling in Cleveland, Akron, or New Philadelphia, this new project will serve many Ohioans and tourists in the years to come.”

“We are pleased to see this investment in a major facility in the park that will help us better meet the needs of our visitors,” said Deb Yandala, Chief Executive Officer for Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

According to the project description, the funds will be used for contracts to plan, design, fabricate, and install new exhibits.

The project is expected to create 1,700 square feet of new exhibits on the Ohio & Erie Canal.