THE BRANDING OF THE CITY OF CANAL FULTON and the STARK COUNTY CANAL CORRIDOR
The Stark County Canal Corridor
One of the top tourism draws in Northeast Ohio is the Ohio & Erie Canal National Heritage Area that extends from downtown Cleveland to New Philadelphia a distance of 110 miles cutting through four (4) different counties; Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas. The canal section running through Stark County is located in the Western portion of the county extending a distance of 25 miles representing the Stark County Park System under the management of Stark Parks. This 25 mile long section is being referred too as the Stark County Canal Corridor identifying the location within the overall 110 mile long canal corridor for reference that includes the City of Canal Fulton.
StarkParks proudly manages14 parks, 4 lakes, and over 100 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails, totaling over 8,000 acres of land for biking, bird watching, boating, camping (primitive), canoeing, fishing, Geocoaching, Healthy Adventures, Hiking, Horseback riding, hunting, kayaking, mountain biking, rental facilities, outdoor programs, wildlife conversation center among others.
EconomicDevelopmentCatalyst: The Ohio and Erie Canalway National Heritage Area attracts annually about 2.5 million visitorsleaving an estimated $408 million in consumer spending for tourism and entertainment related expenditures. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation is a powerful economic development engine generating $887 Billion annually in consumer spending identifying 10 categories that make up that consumer spending. TheStarkCounty Canal Corridorhas in place8 of those10 categories making it an outdoor recreation destination location for health and wellness. Of the 2.5 million visitor's to the 110 mile Ohio and Erie Canalway National Heritage Area,52% or 1.3 million visitor's find their way to the Stark CountyCanalCorridor.Within the “2016 National Park Visitor Spending Effects” report, it stated that communities within 60 miles of a national park throughout the country shared in a collective $18.4 BILLIONin direct spending by 331 million park visitors in the year 2015 and the Stark County Canal Corridor is within that 60 mile radius of the the Cuyahoga Valley National Park offering similar types of interests.
Stark County Canal Corridor Welcome to: The City of Canal Fulton
Ohio’s Gateway to Outdoor Recreation
“We Have What America Wants”
Home to one of only four operating canal boats in the State of Ohio located in the downtown.
Photo by Micheala Johanson of Doorpost Photography-Portion of the Downtown along the Canal.
When it comes to outdoor recreation and health and wellness look no further than the City of Canal Fulton strategically located along the historic Ohio & Erie Canal. In addition to the extensive recreational, educational and wildlife conservation programs offered by Stark Parks, Canal Fulton is unique in that it has two waterways running through it's downtown in the Ohio & Erie Canal and the Tuscarawas River that brings nature directly into the fabric of the community. Downtown Canal Fulton has become one of the top destinations for both foot and bike races drawing participants from within and outside of the state, a major fishing spot where a variety of record size fish have been caught and the canal towpath is used for everything from walking, jogging, biking, family walks, bird watching and nature watching, Eco and Wildlife tourism and more.
Adjacent to the canal towpath there are baseball and soccer fields, primitive camping, canoeing/kayaking and horseback riding. Located in the community area is Clay's Park Resort a 500 acre camping, water park, events destination with a huge selection of outdoor recreational activities making Clay's Park one of Ohio's premier outdoor destinations. Downtown is bike friendly and will soon gets it's bike rating and a new YMCA is in the works to be built with a swimming pool as part of that vision on a large tract of land with the balance of the property going to be developed as a park/outdoor recreation.
Canal Fulton is Ohio’s Gateway to Outdoor Recreation and is the starting point to get started for family friendly activities to competitive events to just enjoying the pure joy of the outdoors and the health and wellness benefits that comes with it. We Have What America Wants is what else you will find.
Complementing the Outdoor Recreation is a wide range of activities and venues from major national music acts to inspiring young performers waiting their turn at the popular open mic nights to special events with Edgar Allan Poe to viewing more than 100 different architectural styles of homes to a variety of community events and a whole lot more; Canal Fulton is a community that comes together through the arts and entertainment.
The results of an Urban Land Institute 2015 survey identifying “WHAT DO WE WANT IN OUR COMMUNITIES?
Top of the priority list is a healthy environment.
38% of Americans say there is a lack of convenient outdoor spaces in which to run, walk, or exercise in their community
IF THEY COULD LIVE ANYWHERE, 42% of Americans would live in a rural/small-town area.
From multiple other reports when identifying the most sought after amenities the following are always at the top of the lists:
Parks and green spaces.
Trails for walking, jogging, biking, etc.
Our fast-paced technological world world is not only causing stress on adults, but also on our kids.
"NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER” Researchers have found a disorderthat affects a child’s development. They found that children who lived closer to nature and had more opportunities to be in the natural world were less stressed out with life, lower blood pressure, better motor coordination and concentration, reduced life’s stressors with the ability to slow down.
Whereas some communities may have to artificially add in green space, the county park system with nature, two waterways and a towpath is the backyard of Canal Fulton that we have naturally.
Downtown Canal Fulton is one of the last remaining authentic canal towns in Ohio that is a registered Historic District where that old world charm is reflected by the variety of architectural styles for both businesses and houses alike.
Desired location within Stark County, crime rates substantially lower than the national averages, good quality schools and housing stock, community theatrical playhouse, community Heritage Society, community festival going 52 years strong, community Christmas celebration, community Halloween scheduled on October 31st that includes a portion of the downtown being closed off for a Trunk or Treat , community Easter egg hunt, Small town community charm and feel, top rated specialty shops, recognized nationally as a pizza destination, community dog park, 18 hole golf course, tennis and basketball courts, community park with a pavilion, Daddy Daughter Dance, Mother Son Superhero Dance, Canalway Visitor Center, and more all reflecting a community that comes together.
The Business of Outdoor Recreation How the Stark County Canal Corridor can impact a company’s bottomline
The goal of any business is to improve it’s bottomline and by doing so, will help to position it for growth. A valuable tool in achieving this involves Encouraging Creative Thinking among employees that is now seen as the single most important tool within the industry to bring out that inherent creativity, sharing ideas for operating efficiencies, brainstorming ideas for new products, services, target markets and sources of revenue. The greatest threat to that #1 asset is what has been called the “21st Century Disease” where STRESS or even the perception of stress cannot be eliminated.
Based upon studies, look at how STRESS impacts your workforce: That 75%-90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related problems. That 50%-80% of all physical disorders have stress of psychosomatic related origins. That 75% of all work illness is stress related. That 40% of all job turnover is due to stress.
To combat STRESS some companies have installed different amenities or services for their employees as intended distractions where the newness becomes short lived. If an employer is going to invest in and offer different perks for their staff, the most beneficial will have sustainability in continually reinforcing positive changes. Look at how Mother Nature changes people just by someone being in nature:
Nature walks are linked to enhanced mental health and positive feelings as well as significantly lower levels of depression and feelings of stress that increases relaxation and improves stress management resulting in increased vitality and less anxiety, depression, and anger. Improved focus: Nature gives your brain a break from the everyday over stimulation which can a restorative effect on attention levels, lowers blood pressure with a better and more positive outlook on life with benefits to those with attention deficit disorder.
A happy employee is a productive employee and a productive employee is one that impacts the bottomline. When it comes to motivation, nothing beats Mother Nature and Mother Nature is in our own backyard.
From opportunities of a new build to a new business start up to an existing business looking to relocate, Canal Fulton should be high on your list with the value added quality of life amenities. Canal Fulton is also unique by being able to offer the calming affect of nature with high speed internet connectivity providing the best of both worlds. For real estate questions, please contact Mark Cozy the Canal Fulton City Manager at email@example.com
MCTV services: DIRECT FIBER: Synchronous bandwidth speeds up to one gigabit or more. Voice Telecommunication services such as PRI, SIP Trunking, Hosted Voice Systems, and analog POTS/Fax lines. Ability to connect multiple site locations.
EXCELLERATE FOR BUSINESS: Synchronous bandwidth speed 50Mbps by 50Mbps. Voice Telecommunication services such as Hosted Voice Systems and analog POTS/Fax lines. Television services.
When it comes to national icons: Bigfoot is right up there. We even have our own version of Bigfoot or possibly the same known as Grassman, also known as the Ohio Grassman and Kenmore Grassman Grassman reported to be in the Kenmore/Akron area and throughout Eastern Ohio into Western Pa. and central and southern Ohio into WV. In an 1869 report says, a gigantic, wild, hairy beast with burning eyes attacked a man and his daughter. Most accounts of Grassman describe it as very large, anywhere from be 7 to 9 feet tall, with black or brown to reddish hair, a muscular build, broad shoulders, and large hands and feet. Some think that the Grassman might be the same creature as Bigfoot. Some who have had close encounters say the face is more human than ape-like, with a wide flat nose heavy brow ridge and thinner lips, human type block teeth with no fangs, but that the eyes were brown and had no whites that they could see. Grass man supposedly also enjoys eating small dogs such as poodles. The allegedly first sighting of Grassman was in 1869, a women was walking with her father when grass man attacked her father she drove him away by throwing rocks at him. The History Channel in its television series Monster Quest aired a segment on Grassman.
The Ohio and Erie Canal Monster:
Yes, the Erie Canal is a dangerous place with the Canal Monster roaming about. It's thought the Monster produced a horrible scary scream and likes to eat small children and pets, which it grabs right off the decks of passing boats! Most likely an old wives tale to keep the kids from dangling over the side of the canal boat, or; is it?