Come out and Play in the Cleveland Metroparks

By Leslie Cade, Host Committee Member

23,000 acres, 18 park reservations, 300 miles of hiking, biking, and bridle trails, 14 miles of lakefront, 23 fishing areas, 8 golf course, and one nationally acclaimed zoo make up Cleveland’s “Emerald Necklace,” the chain of Metroparks  that surround the city.

You can have just about every type of fun in the sun from biking, hiking, running, swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, horseback riding, golfing, zip-lining, geocaching, and exploring nature, culture, and history.

Waning Sun along the Towpath (photo by Ben Sanborn via Flickr, Creative Commons license)
Waning Sun along the Towpath (photo by Ben Sanborn via Flickr, Creative Commons license)

The Metroparks calendar for August is chock-full of activities from corn roasts, organized hikes, and the Whiskey Island SUP Festival & Race. The Cleveland Metroparks is also a finalist in the National Parks and Recreation gold medal award, which recognizes excellence in park system management and programming.

The Metroparks are just the beginning. The Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, known locally as simply “the towpath,” connects Cleveland through the parks to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  You can hike or bike 85 miles from Cleveland to Akron following the historic Ohio and Erie Canal.  In Cleveland, you can sample a 1.2 mile stretch at steelyard commons on the near west side.

The Towpath in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (photo by Jasperdo via Flickr, Creative Commons license)
The Towpath in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (photo by Jasperdo via Flickr, Creative Commons license)

So come on out and play while you’re in town!

Join us for a Downtown Cleveland Bike Tour on Aug. 18

(Photo by Jason Morrison, Flickr Creative Commons)
(Photo by Jason Morrison, Flickr Creative Commons)

By Ron Davidson, Host Committee member

Do you want to see some of the many interesting and historical locations that downtown Cleveland has to offer? Do you like bike rides? Do you want to meet fellow archives professionals in a fun and casual setting before you get too busy at SAA 2015? If you answered “yes” to these questions, why not join us at the Downtown Cleveland Bike Tour on Tuesday evening, August 18, at 6:00 PM? The ride will take about two hours (or a little more), and you will see and learn a little about Cleveland landmarks such as Playhouse Square, Public Square (during renovation), the historic Erie Street Cemetery, the FREE stamp, and many others.

The tour is operated by Cleveland Bike Tours. The cost for this tour is $40, payable directly to the tour operator via their secure payment site. (We suggest you use this link to ensure registration in the SAA group tour.) No need to bring your own bike; one will be provided. But you can bring your own if you wish and get a $10 discount. After you register, please be sure to complete the Cleveland Bike Tours online waiver form. We will meet outside FirstEnergy Stadium (the home of the Cleveland Browns) before the tour starts at 6:00. (You will receive detailed information about the meeting site after you register.)

So, join us on August 18th to get some exercise, meet colleagues, and see some of what Cleveland has to offer. For more information about the tour, contact Cleveland Bike Tours at info@clevelandbiketours.com or call (330) 532-8687.

Let’s go for a ride!

Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland, Ohio). 967 MTD El Rey Lowrider bicycle. Custom parts and candy paint and stereo. Source: Kiloz Oner This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.
Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland, Ohio). 967 MTD El Rey Lowrider bicycle. Custom parts and candy paint and stereo. Source: Kiloz Oner This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.