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There's still a lot of questions surrounding what's open and closed during the government shutdown. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park remains closed during the shutdown, but several activities through the Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park will move forward.
"Some activities are still happening if they're happening through the conservancy because we have special lease and cooperative agreements with the national park service," said Deb Yandala, CEO of the Conservancy for the CVNP.
The Conservancy for CVNP is a non-profit organization that works to engage public support for the park and provide services to enhance the park.
There is a limited amount of rangers on duty because of the shutdown. Yandala says citations will be given to people who sneak into the park or on the trails.
"The issue is health and safety if there would be an accident or injury," said Yandala.
Also due to the government shutdown, the Countryside Farmers' Market at Howe Meadow, which sits on the park's property, will move to its winter location at Old Trail School. Click here for more information.
Click here to view a list of events and activites through the Conservancy of the CVNP.
Conservancy for the CVNP
Hundreds of phone calls have flooded Metro Parks, Serving Summit County over confusion about the closure of the towpath trail due to the federal government shutdown.
Spokesperson Nate Eppink says Metro Parks is not affected by the shutdown of the federal government.
Visitors still have access to the 14 parks and 125 miles of trails managed by Metro Parks, which is funded by a 1.46-mill Summit County real-estate tax.
"For us it is pretty much business as usual, expect for the large volume of calls," said Eppink.
The towpath between Boztum Trailhead in Akron to the Stark County line remains open.
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park remains closed during the shutdown.
The Akron Zoo has set a new all-time attendance record. Nearly 333,000 people visited the zoo this year. Zoo officials say they've seen record crowds since the opening of the Mike and mary Stark Grizzly Ridge exhibit.
The zoo shattered its all-time one day attendance record with over 6,300 people visiting on July 24th. The previous record was set in 1957 with more than 5,700 visitors.
(Akron Zoo Press Release) The Akron Zoo set a new all-time annual attendance record on Friday, September 27, 2013, surpassing the previous annual attendance record of 332,960, which was set just last year. Since the zoo’s new exhibit, the Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge, opened July 20, 2013, the zoo has seen record crowds visiting daily.
On July 24, 2013 the zoo shattered its all-time one day attendance record with over 6,300 people. The previous record was 5,714 set in 1957. Of the now over 336,000 people that have visited the zoo this year about 50% of those visitors have come since the opening of Grizzly Ridge. Nine of the zoo’s top 10 attended days in history have come since the new exhibit opened.
“We are so humbled by the community’s support of their zoo. Our staff and volunteers have worked hard to provide our visitors with more animals, more education and more exhibits,” said zoo President & CEO L. Patricia Simmons. “With the community’s support and feedback they have helped create up-close experiences with some of the world’s most amazing creatures.”
Grizzly Ridge is the largest exhibit to open in the zoo’s 60-year history. The new exhibit, which is about four acres, features grizzly bears, river otters, red wolves, bald eagles and a walk-in aviary. Coyotes are expected to be on exhibit this fall as part of the new expansion. One of the most popular spots in Grizzly Ridge has been the otter slide, which is a fully enclosed acrylic tube that goes through the otter exhibit.
The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults, $8.50 for senior citizens, $7 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $2.00. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.
The city of Akron has announced a plan to offer free training for residents to work on the more than $870 million Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Project that was put in place as part of a ongoing federal mandate.
"We are attempting to deal with this issue in a way that is beyond, quite frankly, anything that I have read about any other city," said Mayor Don Plusquellic. "There are some leaders out there like San Francisco."
Plusquellic announced the new plan at a press conference Thursday morning. The city will offer two classes, training a total of 48 residents, to get their Commercial Driver's License (CDL) to work as a CSO equipment operator.
The training will be free as long as the individual works for the city of Akron for at least 90 days during the next year. If the resident decides not to work for the city, training costs will have to be paid back to the city.
Plusquellic said residents who complete the training, may be offered additional seasonal or temporary work prior to the CSO project. He said residents could potentially move into a vacant position available within the city.
The mayor said he will discuss the new plan at meeting with the Civil Service Commission Thursday afternoon.
Residents interested in the program must meet minimum requirements before they can begin training.
The application for the training classes will be available early next week at the Community Learning Centers, the Akron Urban League, and online at www.akronohio.gov.
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