The Portage Park District dedicated its newest park, the Red Fox Boat Access on the Upper Cuyahoga Scenic River May 17.
The public attended the new project located on the site of Portage County's Red Fox wastewater treatment plant, 9263 Price Road in Shalersville.
The park includes an 8-car parking lot with spaces for boat trailers, signage, an information kiosk and an improved access ramp to the river. The park was funded with a Division of Watercraft grant from boat license fees.
The new access will serve primarily as a safe take-out spot for canoes and kayaks that put in upstream; the site is 6 miles downstream of Mantua Village, and will serve as the last public takeout area before reaching the restricted Lake Rockwell waters.
The Upper Cuyahoga is a dedicated State Scenic River because of its excellent water quality, scenic landscapes and wildlife where bald eagles, otter, wood ducks and many other species can be seen. The site is also considered part of the developing Cuyahoga River Water Trail, a joint effort by communities in the watershed to promote and manage recreational access to the river.
For more information about the Portage Park District, call 330-297-7728 or visit www.portageparkdistrict.org.
For more information about the Cuyahoga River Water Trail, visit Friends of the Crooked River, www.cuyahogariver.net