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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I reserve a pavilion or a shelter? A: Click on the Pavilions & Shelters button on your right. You'll see 360-degree tours of pavilions, pictures of shelters, and you can check availability, amenities and prices. Once you're ready to make a reservation, please call the administrative offices at 330-867-5511, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Q: Can I receive your publications for free? A: Since the park district is funded by a Summit County real estate tax, we only mail our free publications to Summit County residents. However, Friends of Metro Parks will send our publications to its members who live outside of Summit County.
Q: Can I download your publications online? A: Yes, you can download our monthly Programs & Events Guide and quarterly Green Islands magazine.
Q: What is the Fall Hiking Spree, and how can I participate? A: Visitors can experience Summit County's breathtaking fall foliage during the annual Fall Hiking Spree, September 1 through November 30. Hike at least eight trails to receive hiking rewards. There's also the spring hiking event, Spree For All, for people of all abilities.
Q: Can I have my wedding or reception in the Metro Parks? A: Yes, but alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the park district. Also, you must complete a SPECIAL-USE PERMIT and send it to the administrative offices at least four weeks before your event.
Q: Is geo-caching permitted in the Metro Parks? A: Geocaching is not permitted. As the saying goes: "Take only photographs and memories, leave only footprints."
Q: Are metal detectors allowed? A: No, metal detectors are not permitted in the Metro Parks.
Q: Are pets allowed in the Metro Parks? A: Leashed pets are allowed in all of our parks except F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm. During swim season only, pets are not permitted inside the beach areas of both Munroe Falls Metro Park and Silver Creek Metro Park. All pets must be kept on leashes no longer than eight feet and must be under the owner's control at all times. Owners are required to pick up after their pets. Mutt Mitts are conveniently located at select trailheads.
Q: In winter, do you plow the trails? A: The Jogging Trail in Sand Run Metro Park is plowed, but other trails are not.
Q: Do you have any jobs/internships available? A: Full-time, part-time, seasonal and internship positions are posted on the employment page.
Q: How do I become a volunteer? A: Visit the volunteer page of our Web site, or call 330-865-8047.
Q: What's the difference between Metro Parks and  Cuyahoga Valley National Park? A: Cuyahoga Valley National Park is part of the U.S. Government, Department of the Interior. Summit Metro Parks is a metropolitan park district that is funded by a Summit County real estate tax. While some Metro Parks are nestled within or near national park lands, they are managed by Metro Parks staff. Still, in some of our conservation areas, CVNP manages bridle trails that originate in the national park.



Did You Know?

Very Amusing
Gorge Metro Park once contained two amusement parks. Among them was High Bridge Glens, which opened in 1882 and featured a thrilling rollercoaster and a dance hall.

Climbin' Canine
The gray fox is the only member of the canine family that can climb trees.

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