As reported in the Akron Beacon Journal on August 22, 2010. Akron is getting $173,186 in state funds to connect the Ohio & Eric Canal Towpath Trail and the Northside Station. The money will be used to acquire 2.9 acres and build an 1,100-foot asphalt-paved trail between the rail station for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and the Beech Street Trail-head just north of downtown Akron.
The route would cross Howard Street using the bridge abutments next to the rail trestle used by the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, said Akron Spokesman Ralph Coletta. Design work for the nearly $1.2 million project is to get underway late this year. Much of the route is an old rail line owned by the ODOT.