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Construction Updates

Updated January 23, 2014

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

Liberty Park | Freedom Trail | Mountain Bike Trails | Water Trails

Liberty Park
The park district is developing plans for a nature center in the Twinsburg Ledges Area (9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg) on land that is owned by the City of Twinsburg. The nature center project will be funded entirely by Metro Parks, Serving Summit County.

Construction will begin in 2014.

Highlights of the site development include:

  • A welcoming entry experience that hints at what is on site
  • Storm water collection to illustrate how rainwater has sculpted the land and created drainage channels that ultimately carved and uncovered ledge rock
  • An amphitheatre is planned to capitalize on the sloping topography and provide an outdoor classroom for programs and events.
  • An accessible path with interpretive information
  • A gateway to the Ledges Trail that makes a connection between the building and footpath
  • A hiking trail through the restored grassland / meadow
  • An open-air shelter that provides a three-season gathering space
Click here for more about Liberty Park.
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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 Tallmadge Circle, were dedicated May 1, 2013. Phase II construction, two miles from Tallmadge Circle to Eastwood Avenue in Akron, will begin in 2014.

Click here for more about the Freedom Trail.

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Mountain Bike Trails
The Board of Park Commissioners authorized staff Wednesday, May 22, 2013 to apply for Summit County Community Grant funding for the development of new trails at Hampton Hills Metro Park.

On the drawing board are more than seven miles of mountain bike trails and two new parking lots: one on Akron-Peninsula Road, south of Bath Road in Akron, and a second on Hardy Road, west of Theiss Road in Akron. The proposed mountain bike trails would not connect with the existing hiking trails.

Updates will be posted here as they become available.

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Water Trails
Metro Parks, Serving Summit County and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition are studying the concept of creating water trails in southern Summit County for non-motorized boats, kayaks and canoes. Specifically, the agencies are looking at ways to establish designated connections for recreation between the Tuscarawas River, Ohio & Erie Canal and the Portage Lakes. Read More (5 MB)


Did You Know?

Most female lightning bugs, members of the beetle family, cannot fly. They spend their entire lives on the ground.

Male leopard frogs have a unique vocalization that sounds like a person snoring.

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