National Park Service opens Boston Mill Visitor Center pedestrian bridge

This summer, Cuyahoga Valley National Park celebrated the opening of a brand new 200-foot bridge across the Cuyahoga River near the Boston Mill Visitor Center. Park visitors may now safely cross the river between the Towpath Trail and Boston Store and the visitor center.

Since the bridge is for both pedestrians and bicycles in a typically congested area, cyclists are required to walk bikes across the bridge and in the visitor center courtyard. 

“We are grateful to the Summit County Engineer for partnering with us in securing federal funding as well as managing the project for us,” said CVNP Superintendent Lisa Petit. “The bridge is a beautiful addition that will make the community more walkable and benefit millions of visitors for decades to come.”

Summit County Engineer Alan Brubaker, Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro, Peninsula Mayor Dan Scheider and Boston Township Trustee Amy Anderson joined Petit in celebrating the opening of the bridge.

The $1.4 million bridge was primarily funded through Summit County Engineer’s partnership with the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study. The park secured matching funding through the Federal Highways Alternative Transportation Program.

River access near the bridge will remain closed while the park makes some improvements for boat drop-off and pickup. ∞