Greenway board chairman Cameron Fisher found out early last week that the 501(c)3 status had been approved. This means that any donations made to the Greenway Public Arts Committee or Friends of the Greenway are now tax deductible.
Fisher said the process took a little more than a year.
“It’s important because more and more people are wanting to support the Greenway,” Fisher said.
A recent example would be a financial donation by Bob Card to build the stone pavilion with fireplace in the Raider Drive Park
Previously, these funds would not be tax deductible unless they were given to another local organization that then made a donation to the Greenway.
“I think it’s obviously a step in the right direction, Fisher said.
Future fundraising events will be coordinated by the newly formed Friends of the Greenway.
The Greenway will continue to be maintained by the city of Cleveland Parks and Recreation Department.
The Greenway started as a quarter mile-walking trail, which has since expanded to 3.94 miles. Expansion was made possible by connecting to existing trails, such as the one at Tinsley Park and land donations.
Discussions have been ongoing about how to connect the linear park to Inman Street.
During a recent meeting of the Friends of the Greenway, vice-chairman Bob Donaghy said he was glad use of the Greenway is free and available to the public. He said he had been to other cities where the parks and beaches required fees to enter.
It was at this meeting that Fisher admitted when first approached about being on the Greenway board years ago he did not want to be a part. Now, “This is the favorite thing that I do in the community,” Fisher said.
For more information about donating to the Greenway, visit http://www.cbcgreenway.com/cbcgreenway/Friends.html.