The Friends of Tuscarawas County Parks

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A non-profit organization focused on supporting the development and promotion of recreational trails in Tuscarawas County, Ohio.

Projects In-Progress – 2022

Towpath Trail Extension I – Currently Fundraising

The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail – Extension I to SR-416 Project is to extend the Towpath Trail an additional 4-miles from the Zoarville Station Bridge to SR-416 (near White Bridge off SR-800 and 7-Mile Drive) . This would be a 10 ft. wide multi-use limestone trail – the same as the existing Towpath Trail.

This is a collaborative project between the Tuscarawas County Commissioners, the Tuscarawas County Park Department, the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition (OECC), and the Friends of Tuscarawas County Parks. Ongoing maintenance of these trails will be the responsibility of the Tuscarawas County Park Department.

This extension is an essential component to completing the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. TuscParks received a $483,000 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant from ODOT to fund a majority of this project. The Friends are looking to raise $80,000 to cover the local match and expected construction costs over the grant award. This project was made possible via a license agreement with the Kimble Company.

Towpath Trail Ext 01

Sponsors as of 3/20/2022

Timken Foundation of Canton – New Philadelphia Plant

Harold C. and Marjorie Q. Rosenberry Tuscarawas County Foundation

Haman Family Foundation

Various FaceBook Fundraiser Donors

The Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition

Alan Deibel

Bolivar to McDonnell Trailhead Connection – Completed!

The McDonnell Trailhead to Bolivar project plan will include the construction of 0.25 miles of trail connecting the McDonnell Trailhead near the Stark/Tuscarawas Aqueduct Bridge to the existing Towpath Trail north of Bolivar, OH.

Update: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources approved nearly $7 million in Clean Ohio Trails Fund grants, including a grant for $380,625 to the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition in support of a quarter-mile Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail connection in Bolivar.

The section of trail will connect the McDonnell Trailhead on the border of Stark and Tuscarawas counties with existing trail heading toward Bolivar. The total cost of the project is expected to be $507,500. Expected project completion in Summer 2021.

State Route 416 Bike Lanes – Completed!

An ODOT grant for over 1.4 million dollars have been secured for a project to create bike lanes along SR-416 from the city of New Philadelphia to the Village of Tuscarawas. ODOT District 11 will have full responsibility for the construction and maintenance of these bike lanes. This section of State Route 416 already has a lot of cyclists using it. These bike lanes will create a much safer route and:

a) Connect Trumpet in the Land, Schoenbrunn Village, Zeisberger’s cemetery, and ultimately Gnadenhutten. These are major historic sites in regards to the early Moravian missionaries.

b) Create a connection between the northern and southern parts of the county and to the Towpath Trail which goes north to Cleveland.

c ) ODOT has planned this section to be part of the official State Bike Route 77.

Click Here to See ODOT’s State Bike Route Map

Timken Foundation of Canton – New Philadelphia Plant
Harold C. and Marjorie Q. Rosenberry Tuscarawas County Foundation
Dewey and Irene Moomaw Foundation
Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union
Lauren International
Cooper Standard – New Philadelphia
Zeisberger Trail and Parks
Dr. Stephen Maurer
The Friends of Tuscarawas County Parks
Blair & Anna Zimmerman Foundation
Haman Family Foundation
Trinity Twin City Hospital
Tusky Days Festival
Facebook Fundraiser
Anonymous Donor(s)
Cody Pancher
Sarah Tipka
Mary Jo Monte-Kaser
Cheryl Stallings
Moomaw Foundation
Alan Deibel
Zimmerman Foundation


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