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Construction Updates

Updated May 2015

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.

Click here for more about the Freedom Trail.

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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, and our hope is to open a few miles of the trail in the fall.


Did You Know?

Fall Foliage
Leaves do not turn color in the fall. They simply stop producing green pigment (chlorophyll), allowing the reds, oranges and yellows to become visible.

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

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