Established in 1989, the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to developing the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area in Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas Counties.
Our focus is on development of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, connector trails, and adjacent public spaces, all of which support a healthy and active ecosystem rich in culture and recreation.
The Canalway Coalition also provides a variety of programs, from bicycling and canoeing events to fishing derbies along the banks of the Ohio & Erie Canal. These programs serve to connect our communities to the Canalway, educating on the impact of the Ohio & Erie Canal as a development asset in the mid-1800s, and how the impact can still be felt as a recreational asset today.
We can't do this work alone. As a non-profit, we work with community, government and corporate business leaders on development projects throughout the National Heritage Area. We have created collaborative relationships with elected officials, community leaders, park districts, local businesses, and volunteers. We work closely with these partners to develop trail plans, encourage community engagement, and maintain the Towpath Trail.
Read more about our work in our 2022 Annual Report.
Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area
Designated in 1996, the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area is a federally-declared region that celebrates the history, culture, natural resources, and recreational opportunities along the first 110 miles of the historic Ohio & Erie Canal, which helped Ohio - and our nation - grow.
For the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area economic impact report, click here.
The Canalway Coalition works closely with our sister organization, Canalway Partners, which focuses on development of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, connections, and adjacent spaces in Cuyahoga County. They take the lead in strategic decision-making, grant writing, and community outreach in the northern region of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area.