Cleveland Towpath Ground Breaking

Photos taken at the groundbreaking for the Towpath. 07.30.2012. All photos are the property of the Great Lakes Courier.

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  • Arriving at the Carter Road end, a good crowd was assembling for the ground breaking.

  • County Executive Edward FitzGerald arrives.
  • We started off with the singing of the National Anthem.
  • Councilman Joe Cimperman and Senator Sherrod Brown sing along.
  • Senator Sherrod Brown with for mer Congressman Ralph Regula,"the Father of the Towpath Trail."

  • Congressman Ralph Regula, who served from 1973 - 2009, speaks of his vision when he helped to start the project.

  • Mayor Frank Jackson talks about the value of the project to the residents.
  • Nate Kelly from the county.
  • Director of Bike Cleveland Jacob VanSickle on the left Editor of the Great Lakes Courier, Michael Gill wiping his brow.
  • County Executive Ed FitzGerald talks of connecting the Towpath all the way to Wendy Park.
  • Brian Zimmerman director of Metro Parks, Mayor of Cleveland Frank Jackson, Councilman Joe Cimpermann, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Senator Sherrod Brown, Congressman Ralph Regula,, Councilwoman Brady, County Executive Ed FitzGerald.

  • Sherrod Brown
  • Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
  • State Representative Nickie Antonio listens.
  • Councilman Joe Cimpermann.
  • Joe leads everyone in singing, "18 miles on the Erie Canal."
  • Joe bumps fist with ?
  • Jacob VanSickle with Councilman for Ward 12 Anthony Brancatelli.
  • University Circle power broker Chris Ronayne.
  • Brian Zimmerman driector of Cleveland Metro Parks.
  • The ground breaking.
  • Robyn Sandys from Old Brooklyn CDC.
  • John Eckerle shakes Sherrod Brown's hand.
  • Senator Sherrod Brown striking a "American Gothic" pose.
  • The GLC publisher stands in for the old lady in American Gothic.
  • David Beach from the Art Museum and Eco-Watch.
  • Grabbing some pizza, water and some shade on a hot day.
  • Everyone was invited to bring their shovels and turn some ground on this project.

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