photo courtesy of Jerry Jelinek
About TRAILS FOREVER
The TRAILS FOREVER mission is to directly engage the public in helping ensure that the trail system in CVNP - Towpath Trail, bikepaths, footpaths and equestrian trails - is adequately maintained, enhanced, expanded and preserved for all time, for all people. TRAILS FOREVER partnerships include Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, volunteers, trail advocates, and other trail partners.
Key program components include: Endowment, Volunteer Stewardship, Trail System Enhancement, Planning and Experiences.
The goal of the TRAILS FOREVER Legacy Fund is to ensure the public will forever have access to a world-class trail system in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. As the official fundraising partner for the park, the Conservancy will engage the support of the community to achieve the goal of $10 million by 2016 for the maintenance and operation of the trail system.
TRAILS FOREVER Legacy Funds are managed by the Akron Community Foundation and Cleveland Foundation. Funds are to exclusively support maintenance projects for Cuyahoga Valley National Park trails.
You can help TRAILS FOREVER by making an endowment gift or planned gift today! Popular ways to remember Cuyahoga Valley National Park are through:
For more information about the TRAILS FOREVER Legacy Fund, contact Chief Development Officer, John Debo, at 330-657-2909 ext 122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trail volunteers are essential to maintaining, enhancing, constructing, and patrolling park trails to ensure they reach the highest standards. You can work with trail crews to improve trail conditions or patrol various park trails.
Become a trail volunteer! Join a well-established group of trail volunteers. These groups include the Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council, Trailblazers, Ohio Horseman's Council, Adopt-A-Trail, and other trail stakeholders.
Trail System Enhancement
Building on a strong foundation of existing trails, TRAILS FOREVER will undertake major capital projects to improve existing trails and expand the trail network.
TRAILS FOREVER's first project was the installation of the Brandywine Gorge Trail Bridge. In partnership with the Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council and park staff, a 3-section, 165-foot long fiberglass bridge spanning the Brandywine Creek was installed. For more details on the project, click here or view construction photos on flickr®.
The National Park Service is embarking on the Trail Management Plan for CVNP. This planning will consider expansion of existing trails, new trail uses, trailside camping opportunities for hikers and cyclists, and general enhancement of park trail systems. The completion of an updated trail plan is slated for 2012.
To learn more about the planning process and other ways to get involved, visit www.nps.gov/cuva/parkmgmt/planning or read the current Trail Management Plan Newsletter.
Provide trail users high-quality learning and recreational opportunities through public programs and interpretive media, including trail-related events and activities, trail wayside panels, trail maps and guides and state-of-the-art electronic information technologies that engage diverse audiences in trail experiences.
Discover these opportunities at www.nps.gov/cuva.
To learn more about the Conservancy, download our 2010 Annual Report to the Community. Also, gifts of $100 or more are recognized in our Annual Report.
Donations are 100% tax-deductible. The Conservancy has a 501(c)(3) IRS status and contributions are 100% tax deductible.