Brecksville, Ohio – The federal government shutdown is over and all facilities including visitor centers, restrooms, the popular Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, and other trails are open. Canal Visitor Center remains closed for construction and will reopen with new exhibits in early 2014.
Chief Ranger Ryan thanks those members of the public who respected the closures. He stated that “It was a difficult situation where we encourage people to visit their national park and then we told them that it was closed. Now that the park has been reopened, we welcome you back to visit your national park and enjoy the spectacular fall colors.”
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is back in operation and tickets for the Polar Express are still on sale. Daily excursions including Bike Aboard will resume immediately. For more information go to www.cvsr.org.
The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park continues to have programs at the Environmental Education Center and at Happy Days Lodge. The Stanford House, Hines Hill Conference Center, and the Stone Cottage are available for rentals. Trail Mix Peninsula is open for snacks and souvenirs. For event and concert details, and on-line ticket purchases, see www.conservancyforcvnp.org.
The Countryside Conservancy’s Farmers’ Market resumes at Howe Meadow on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon during the month of October before moving to its winter location at Old Trail School in November. For more information go to www.cvcountryside.org.