Akron group hopes to boost Merriman Valley business district through scenic railroad station
Cleveland.com | By Jennifer Conn, February 1, 2019
AKRON, Ohio – The Merriman Valley Neighborhood Association is seeking a stop along the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to help boost the vibrancy of the valley’s business district.
The association has launched an online petition to gather resident signatures so it can make its case for a new station. The group is working with support from Ward 8 Councilwoman Marilyn Keith.
The nonprofit railroad works in conjunction with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, offering tourist outings via passenger boarding stationsfrom Rockside Station near Cleveland to Northside Station in Akron. The train also offers stops where riders and their bikes can board the train.
The Merriman Valley is the ideal place for a new station because the business district is near the convergence of the national park, Summit Metro Parks Sand Run Trail, and the Towpath Trail, said association President Karen Zampelli. The business district also is close to the border of Cuyahoga Falls.
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