What is MECCA?
The Miami-Erie Canal Corridor Association (MECCA) is a 501 (c)(3) organization created in 1996 to champion the cause of the historic Miami-Erie Canal. MECCA currently focuses on a 55-mile stretch of primarily publicly owned and preserved canal lands from Delphos to Piqua, Ohio.
MECCA is dedicated to raising awareness of the historical, educational, recreational and natural value of the canal greenway. The association also serves as a clearinghouse for canal related events and information. It is MECCAs goal to be the representative voice of canal associated partners to local, state and federal government officials.
Additional goals include garnering grassroots support for an enhanced canal, strengthening canal partnerships, and seeing the Miami-Erie Canal designated as both a State and National Heritage Corridor.
MECCA is funded primarily by individual memberships. For more information about MECCA of current progress, please contact:
MECCA; P.O. Box 722;St. Marys, OH 45885
What is National Heritage Corridor Recognition?
The MECCA Board of Trustees is made up of volunteers from the various communities up and down the canal. The board is currently focusing its attention on establishing the targeted canal area (map to right) as a National Heritage Corridor. This requires a bill to be passed in the United States Senate and House of Representatives.
Heritage Corridor Status will make the area eligible for federal grants for preservation, development, promotion, etc. These grants would be administered by MECCA and awarded to the various entites along the canal, including park districts, municipalities, townships, etc.
Currently the MECCA board is working with Senator Mike Dewine's Office is establishing some parameters before the legislation is introduced. The board is also working with the National Parks Service in obtaining information and strategies. But the board desparateely needs grass roots support and volunteers.
If you would like to get involved please write or e-mail MECCA, or attend any of the monthly board meetings. Volunteers are needed to serve on the board, prepare promotional materials and conduct letter-writing campaigns. Becoming a member ($10 per year) entitles you to the quarterly Towpath Times and supports the organization financially.