We remain committed to creating accessible and equitable parks, trails and public spaces for all people, regardless of race, gender, income, sexual orientation and gender identity, education and experience.

In doing so, we carry out our mission of stimulating public interest and support for the protection, preservation, development and enhancement of the historical, natural and recreational resources along the route of the Ohio & Erie Canal while using the following guiding principles: 

  • Develop and implement a diversity, equity and inclusion policy within our organization.

  • With the input of residents and support of elected officials, corporations and organizations, proactively address issues of equity in our parks, trails and open spaces, and reverse the legacy of “things being done to and not with our communities.”

  • Elevate this issue within our organization by incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion within our Governance Committee and Strategic Plan.

  • Our Board will work to be more diverse and increase our efforts to build a diverse board that represents the communities we serve.

We humbly seek an attitude of understanding while listening and serving our communities and partners throughout the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area. We shall hold ourselves accountable to these actions and invite our partners, members and funders to hold us accountable as well.