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Construction Updates

Updated March 2016

For more information, call the Summit Metro Parks administrative offices at 330-867-5511, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Freedom Trail | Mountain Bike Trails

Freedom Trail
Construction began in summer 2012 on this new multipurpose trail on land owned by METRO Regional Transit Authority. It follows an unused railroad corridor and, when completed, will connect the cities of Akron and Kent. The first 4.2 miles of Phase I, from Middlebury Road in Kent to Southwest Avenue near Tallmadge Circle, were dedicated May 1, 2013. Phase II construction, two miles from Tallmadge Circle to Eastwood Avenue in Akron, is completed. Phase III, scheduled for construction in summer 2016, will connect to downtown Akron near the University of Akron campus.

Click here for more about the Freedom Trail.

Park planners are seeking public comment on a neighborhood connector trail that, when Phase 3 construction is complete, will allow users access to the Freedom Trail through Adams Park in Akron.

To see the neighborhood connector plans, click here.

To comment on the neighborhood connector, click here.


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Mountain Bike Trails
The Board of Park Commissioners authorized staff in 2013 to apply for Summit County Community Grant funding for the development of new mountain bike trails at Hampton Hills Metro Park. Trail construction began in summer '13, and the project was put on hold for the winter season.

Construction was to resume in spring '14. However, a severe storm on May 12 destroyed bridges and washed out trails in Hampton Hills and O'Neil Woods. After those areas were repaired, contruction began on the mountain bike trails again in early 2015. The mountain bike trails will officially open to the public in summer 2016.


Did You Know?

The Crooked River
Before European settlers arrived, Native Americans lived and farmed along the fertile banks of the Cuyahoga River.

Many years ago, Metro Parks rangers patrolled the parks on horseback.

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