The April Social ride will visit local trails in partnership with our friends at RTC (see below), and wrap up at nearby Hart Crane Park with a poetry reading by our friends Nicole Hennessy and Leanne Hoppe, and by you, if you bring a short, original or favorite poem to read or recite. Bicycle, trails and river themes are especially sought.

After the poetry, some folks may choose to ride on to visit other poetic places on this route.

CLEVELAND, OH— On Saturday, Apr. 7, 2018, outdoor enthusiasts and families from across Northeast Ohio will unite at the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail to kick-off the spring trail season for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s (RTC) sixth annual Opening Day for Trails (Opening Day).

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Hosts this Event Along Towpath Trail and Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail to Celebrate Opening Day of Spring Trail Season. This Event Rallies Partners to Showcase Power of Trails to Connect People, Places and Opportunities.

The Northeast Ohio event is a free and family-friendly way to explore the Cuyahoga River on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail. The event will feature several activities, including self-guided walking and biking tours of the trails, a social ride led by the Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op, a tour of the Cleveland Rowing Foundation Boathouse, a self-guided scavenger hunt of historical-cultural sites, and a tour of the 16,000-square-foot Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op building. Brick and Barrel Brewing will host the official event “after party” beginning at 2 p.m.

Nationally, RTC expects over 25,000 trail users to participate in hiking, biking, running and other outdoor activities to celebrate trails and the benefits they bring to their communities, including more than 100 bike rides organized by Performance Bicycle.

WHAT: “Opening Day for Trails” at the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail

Register on Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Opening Day website

WHEN: Apr. 7, 2018, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Event Begins at 10 a.m.
  • Official “Opening Day for Trails” Kickoff Ceremony at 11 a.m.
  • Activities, as well as snacks and beverages from Cleveland MetroparksMerwins Wharf will continue throughout the event.
  • The official event after party will take place at 2 p.m. at Brick and Barrel Brewing

WHERE: All Cleveland Opening Day activities will take place or leave from the Cleveland Rowing Foundation, 1003 British St, Cleveland, Ohio 44113

For more information about Opening Day, to find events, and to enter the Opening Day sweepstakes, visit railstotrails.org/openingday and follow #RTCOpeningDay on social media. Opening Day is sponsored by Fuji Bikes, Performance Bicycle, KEEN, Patagonia and Topo Design.

Opening Day is an annual celebration organized by RTC to kick off the spring trail season. RTC is the nation’s largest trails organization—with a grassroots community more than 1 million strong—dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines. Connect with RTC at railstotrails.org and @railstotrails on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share Opening Day stories by using #RTCOpeningDay.