Rails-to-Trails Conservancy - Opening Day for Trails Cleveland!

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Stuart O. Smith, Jr.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Opening Day for Trails

Every year, because of my personal history, I always think that April 7th is a special day to explore a trail! So when I saw Bike Cleveland's (@Bike_CLE) tweet announcing that on Saturday, April 7, 2018, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (@RailsToTrails) would have a Cleveland location for its annual Opening Day for Trails (#RTCOpeningDay), I knew that I would need to attend!

Bike Cleveland's Tweet - Opening Day for Trails Cleveland
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As I learned more about the day from Share The River's blog, and very informative @ShareTheRiver tweets, I grew more impressed with the strong partnership of organizations in Cleveland that were coming together on April 7th to promote trails and good environmental stewardship in northeast Ohio. The day's activities were hosted by the Cleveland Rowing Foundation (@ClevelandRows).

Reading about the Facebook event, 2018 Opening Day for Trails - Cleveland, also excited me by mentioning the Ohio & Erie Canalway (@OECanalway) Towpath Trail and the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail (@CleveFoundation). I have enjoyed exploring both of these trails, and writing about them in some of my past blog posts.

Check out this great information from Share The River's Rails to Trails Conservancy's Sixth Annual Opening Day for Trails! blog post and video about the event:

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Opening Day for Trails Cleveland Media Advisory 
 Opening Day for Trails Cleveland


Cleveland Trail & Environmental Protection Partners

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Upon arriving at the 2018 Opening Day for Trails Cleveland event, I was impressed by the vast array of local organizations working to improve our community! Their respective missions complement each other, and through a variety of collaborations, they are accomplishing great things!

Here are the northeast Ohio organizations I saw at the event, and information I learned about them.


Sainato's at Rivergate (@SainatosRGT) had a booth at the event where I purchased my pizza lunch. It was interesting to talk to them and learn about the businesses in the Rivergate Park (@RivergatePark) area. "Rivergate Park is the new home for water-based activities on the Cuyahoga in The Flats, including Rowing, Dragon Boating and Kayaking." See the Rivergate Park map on the Downtown Cleveland Alliance (@DowntownCLE) website.

Sainatos - Pizza!!!


Regional Trail Partners

It was great to have these statewide and national organizations sharing trail information on a grand scale:

 Opening Day for Trails Cleveland
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I Heart Trails! - #IHeartTrails
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Tweets & Retweets

Here are my @sos_jr tweets and retweets sharing my 2018 Opening Day for Trails - Cleveland experiences. Please share any photos and videos that you find interesting by retweeting them.


Tweets from after I arrived at the 2018 Opening Day for Trails Cleveland event:


2019 Opening Day for Trails

I look forward to learning more about the work of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (@RailsToTrails) work in expanding trails, and hearing updates from their Cleveland trail and environmental protection partners, at the next Opening Day for Trails (#RTCOpeningDay) in Spring 2019.


April 6-7, 2018 -- Four Outstanding Events!

On Friday, April 6, 2018, and Saturday, April 7, 2018, I attended four events for which I wanted to thank the organizers and sponsors in a blog post. Here are links to each of the other three blog posts: