CLEVELAND, Ohio — There won’t be much to look at next summer except grass when the 101-mile Towpath Trail finally reaches its terminus, the 20-acre Canal Basin Park on Columbus Road Peninsula, just downhill from downtown Cleveland.



a large stone building: The Towpath Trail is under construction in what used to be a weed-filled ditch beneath the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority viaduct on Columbus Peninsula. The ditch was what remained of the 1832 Ohio & Erie Canal.


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The Towpath Trail is under construction in what used to be a weed-filled ditch beneath the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority viaduct on Columbus Peninsula. The ditch was what remained of the 1832 Ohio & Erie Canal.



a train crossing a bridge over a river: The Towpath Trail is under construction at the site of the future Canal Basin Park.


© Steven Litt, Cleveland.com/cleveland.com/TNS
The Towpath Trail is under construction at the site of the future Canal Basin Park.

It will be an anticlimax after the $57 million and 12 years of hard, complex work it took to build the northernmost six miles of the Towpath, from Harvard Road north to Canal Basin.

But that could change quickly. In 2022, Cleveland Metroparks plans to build 12 docks for day-use boaters at the

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