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Construction Updates

Updated August 25, 2014

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.

Liberty Park | Freedom Trail | Sand Run
Mountain Bike Trails

Liberty Park
The park district is building a 3,900-square-foot nature center in Liberty Park's Twinsburg Ledges Area (9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg) on land owned by the City of Twinsburg. Construction began in May 2014.

CLICK HERE to watch our progress online. A webcam is taking photographs about every 10 minutes. You can view individual images and a time-lapse slideshow of the videos taken to date.

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
The nature center project is funded entirely by Summit Metro Parks.
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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 Southwest Avenue near Tallmadge Circle, were dedicated May 1, 2013. Phase II construction, two miles from Tallmadge Circle to Eastwood Avenue in Akron, should be completed in early November 2014.

Click here for more about the Freedom Trail.

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Sand Run
It has been decades, perhaps generations, since park planners have taken a good look at visitor uses in Akron's Sand Run Metro Park. Now, after a year of internal discussion, Summit Metro Parks is sharing possible updates to Summit County’s busiest park.

Improvements may include an extension of the 6-mile Jogging Trail – the most popular path managed by the park district – and the addition of fitness stations, a playground, bike lanes, a new picnic shelter, improved public parking and more.

MASTER PLAN: eastern half
Click here for possible upgrades (1.5 MB)

MASTER PLAN: western half
Click here for possible upgrades (2.4 MB)

At nearly 1,000 acres, Sand Run Metro Park is one of the district's largest natural-area parks. More than 2 million visits were recorded in 2013. Year-round, the Jogging Trail averages 1,000 users per day.

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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 Metro Park. The park district's focus is on reopening trails and amenities that residents have enjoyed for decades, before attention turns back to mountain bike trails.


Did You Know?

Ice Age Animals
Mastodons - animals that looked like mammoths or modern-day elephants – once roamed what is now Summit County.

Good Wood
Wood from the black cherry tree is used to make furniture, cabinets and musical instruments.

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