Cuyahoga Valley National Park By: Mattie

The Park is in It is in the middle of Akron and Cleveland which is in the northeast of Ohio.

History of the park: The building of the park began in the 1910s and 1920s with the establishment of Cleveland and Akron metropolitan park districts. In 1929 businessman Hayward Kendall donated 430 acres around the Richie Ledges and a trust fund to the state of Ohio. Kendall's will stated that the property should be used for park purposes only. In the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps built much of the park's infrastructure some of which is now Happy Days Lodge and the shelters at Octagon, Ledges, and Kendall Lake. Although the regional parks safeguarded certain places, by the 1960s local citizens feared that urban sprawl would overwhelm the Cuyahoga Valley's natural beauty. Citizens joined forces with state and national government staff to find a long-term solution. Finally, on December 27, 1974, President Gerald Ford signed the bill establishing the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area.

Things to do/see while visiting the park: Scenic Train Rides, Bicycling, hiking, and canal way questing. You can also see bloodroot, spring beauty blanket, goldenrod and wingstem line the roads.. The park's diverse habitats support 21 state-listed rare plant species, including sedge.

interesting facts: 43 different species of fish are found within the park. Cuyahoga is a Mohawk word that means ‘crooked river'.There is passenger train that takes visitors through the park along the Towpath Trail.A former arena, the Richfield Coliseum was torn down in 1999 and the site is now part of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Research Resources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuyahoga_Valley_National_Park https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuyahoga_Valley_National_Park#Administrative_history http://www.ohranger.com/cuyahoga-valley/things-do http://www.thisiscleveland.com/articles/view/five-fun-ways-to-experience-the-cuyahoga-valley-national-park/907/ http://www.softschools.com/facts/us_national_landmarks/cuyahoga_valley_national_park_facts/523/

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