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Meet the Park Bosses

Posted Monday, November 1, 2010

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Rivers, marshes, forests and miles of trails for hiking, biking and jogging wind through the vast expanses of the Cleveland Metroparks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Combined, they encompass 86 square miles - an area larger than the entire city of Cleveland. What's being done to preserve and enhance these important regional assets? Both parks are under new management. We'll have the bosses here to talk about the work they're doing to allow us to play. Tuesday at 9 on 90.3.


Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Environment


Stan Austin, Superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Brian Zimmerman, Cleveland Metroparks Executive Director

Additional Information

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Stan Austin takes reins as new superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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mike 8:20 AM 11/2/10

Is either guest aware of the soil and water conservation districts in the region and if so how do you view the Swcd role as a partner in conservation

Oscar 8:30 AM 11/2/10

Can you kayak in the CVNP? Are there designated access points?
Can you fish throughout the CVNP? Any Restrictions? Is there a stocking program?

Kathy King 8:30 AM 11/2/10

Welcome to both of these gentleman. These parks are both wonderful destinations currently. However, after looking at the future needs through stakeholder meetings, verbage and the trail planning process I see some exciting changes are on the horizon.  How do I use the park? I drive through every day, I walk a dog, i stroll, I ride horses, I ride my bike.  I believe Conservation, recreation and education are important.  Safety and enjoyment for all is imperative.  I would love to see overnight limited camping in both parks. An agriculture program in Metroparks would be great and I have also spoke to lots of dog walkers who lament they would love a dog park besides Lakewood. This would help combat the dog off leashes.

Bill Maurey 9:02 AM 11/2/10

Regarding Horses vs. Mountain Bikers issue; in my 10 years living in San Diego County and riding many state park trails that allowed BOTH users, it was a contentious issue at first.  After there was some communication between the two trail users… and an understanding between the two, there became a friendly and a symbiotic relationship created.  Horses are animals and they need to become accustomed to bicycles on the trails… and bicyclists must do the same in reverse; that is cyclists need to realize that horses can throw their riders… they need to stop, walk their bikes when passing… and say hello at the opportunity.  In any case, in the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park these relationships were formed and there were very, very few issues.  The whole “contentious issue” became a non-starter.  I hope this can be a factor when considering MTB trails in the park.


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