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2015 Park Profile

Mission To acquire, conserve and sustainably manage natural resources to provide the public with passive outdoor recreational and educational opportunities through a regional system of natural-area parks
Chartered Summit Metro Parks was established as a metropolitan park district by the Summit County Probate Court, in accordance with Chapter 1545 of the Ohio Revised Code, December 31, 1921.
Governance A five-member Board of Park Commissioners is appointed by the Summit County Probate Judge. Commissioners serve without compensation; they are volunteers.
Officers Commissioners select, from among themselves, a chairperson and two vice-chairpersons, each serving one-year terms.
Appointed Officials Commissioners appoint the director-secretary, who serves as the chief executive officer and oversees the work of full-time and part-time employees, seasonal workers and volunteers. The director-secretary is responsible for carrying out the policies established by the board and performs duties as board secretary.
Population Summit County has 358,116 registered voters in 420 precincts (Summit County Board of Elections, November 2014). Since the Metro Parks levy is not assessed in the City of Twinsburg (15 precincts, with 12,683 registered voters), the park district’s voting population is 345,433.
Tax Rate Summit County voters approved a 7-year, 1.46-mill Summit Metro Parks levy by 75% in November 2013. The levy will collect $15.8 million in 2015 (estimate, Summit County Fiscal Office).
Resources Summit Metro Parks manages 14,100 acres, including 16 parks, several conservation areas and more than 125 miles of trails, with the 34-mile Bike & Hike Trail and 22.4 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

Other resources include the 10,000-square-feet visitors center at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm; more than 700 picnic sites, including tables in 10 reservable open-air shelters and six enclosed pavilions; two swimming lakes, two boating areas and seven fishing locations; areas for sledding, ice skating and cross-country skiing; fields for baseball, softball and soccer; and courts for tennis, volleyball and basketball.

Also contained within the parks and conservation areas are numerous examples of Ohio's natural ecosystems. Among the flora and fauna found are more than 100 different rare and endangered species of plants and wildlife.

Visitors District-wide attendance in 2014 was nearly 5 million visits. Annually, an estimated 50,000 people enjoy the Fall Hiking Spree, while 10,000 people participate in the award-winning Spree For All, a hiking series for people of all abilities. On average, more than 30,000 visitors enjoy hikes and programs led by naturalists. Park rangers protect resources, maintain good order and ensure visitor safety.
Staff & Volunteers The park district is authorized to employ up to 123 full-time staff, 18 part-time workers and 123 seasonals, casuals and interns. Non-compensated volunteers assist in a variety of roles. Volunteer service in 2014 totaled 31,288 hours.
Affiliations The park district is affiliated with the following organizations:
National Association for Interpretation (NAI)
National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA)
Ohio Parks & Recreation Association (OPRA)
• Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
• Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership for Biodiversity (LEAP)
The Ohio Biological Survey (OBS)
The Wildlife Society
Contact Summit Metro Parks
975 Treaty Line Rd.
Akron, OH 44313-5837

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm: 330-865-8065
Seasonal Information: 330-865-8060
Program Information: 330-865-8064
Volunteer Information: 330-865-8047





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Fish Factory
The Cuyahoga River in the Gorge and Cascade Valley is one of the most productive small-mouth bass fisheries in Northeast Ohio.

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Native Americans used the inner bark of maple trees to make a cough-relieving tea.

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Metro Parks Contact Info -  975 Treaty Line Road Akron, OH 44313 330-867-5511
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