Brandywine Falls at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park was created in the 1970s as part of an initiative to bring ‘parks to the people’. Situated between Cleveland and Akron, many residents were displaced during the establishment of the park. The first superintendent of the park created a policy that caused fissures between the park service and the community with an unpopular attitude towards land acquisition. 40 years later, the formerly polluted and lifeless Cuyahoga River has been transformed into a vibrant ecosystem with abundant wildlife that have not been seen here for over 100 years. A more cooperative atmosphere was created with the new superintendents and their policies in working with the community. A 20-mile towpath through the park adjacent to the Erie canal that helped build this region of our country in the 1800s now hums each day with runners, hikers, bicyclists and tourists that have everyone seeing the realization of the goal of bringing ‘parks to the people’. (at Brandywine Falls)