The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is growing again.
A 3,100-foot section of trail off Scranton Road in Cleveland was dedicated Monday in ceremonies.
The price tag: $9 million.
The new project includes a public waterfront park and fishing pier in the Cuyahoga River, and a new fish habitat along 3,000 feet of stream bank in the Flats area of Cleveland.
A ground-breaking ceremony was staged in July 2012.
The trail extension and park development was a joint venture by the city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland Metroparks and Canalway Partners (formerly Ohio Canal Corridor).
The project won federal grants of $3 million and state grants of nearly $5 million.
The section, known as Scranton Flats, is the first publicly funded section of trail in the city of Cleveland.
Developer Mitch Schneider of First Interstate Properties Ltd. had earlier built a 1.3-mile section of trail in the Steelyard Commons area of Cleveland.
The popular trail is being extended north to the proposed Canal Basin Park below the Detroit-Superior Bridge in Cleveland and south to New Philadelphia in Tuscarawas County.
To date, 85 miles have been completed and an additional 16 miles are planned. Cleveland and its partners are working on 4 more miles of trail that are still needed. Completing the trail in Cleveland will likely cost $66 million and take another four years. About $50 million has been pledged or raised.
More than $102 million has been invested in building the trail in Summit, Stark, Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas counties. It gets nearly 3 million visitors a year.