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For news and information about Summit Metro Parks, please contact the park district's Marketing & Communications department:

Nathan Eppink  Lindsay Smith
Chief of Marketing & Communications  Marketing/Communications Specialist
330-865-8040 x215  330-865-8040 x207
neppink@summitmetroparks.org  lsmith@summitmetroparks.org


In the News

12-11-14 Beacon Journal: District studying addition to Akron headquarters

11-27-14 WCPN: Turkeys repopulate state, Metro Parks
11-16-14 Beacon Journal: Hydro project wins fed approval; SMP against it
11-10-14 Cleveland.com: Turkeys repopulate Summit Metro Parks
11-09-14 Beacon Journal: Towpath likely moved in Akron in 2015
11-02-14 Beacon Journal: Mountain bike trail update from Hampton Hills
11-02-14 Beacon Journal: Teaching immigrants about fishing, health impacts

10-22-14 Akron Beacon Journal: Improvements to Cascade's Overlook
10-05-14 Stow Sentry: New Bike & Hike trailhead planned
10-04-14 Akron Beacon Journal: Hiking spree ends with marriage proposal
10-03-14 Akron Beacon Journal: Woman reunited with father's ashes
10-02-14 Akron News Now: Lost vial of ashes found, returned
10-02-14 WJW Fox 8: Social media reunites woman with father's ashes
10-02-14 WEWS Channel 5: Owner of keychain vial of ashes found
10-02-14 WOIO Channel 19: Social media reunites owner with special vial
10-02-14 Akron Beacon Journal: Vial with ashes found in Sand Run
10-02-14 WEWS Channel 5: Spotted turtles found in Summit County
10-02-14 Akron Beacon Journal: Additional spotted turtles found in Summit

09-30-13 Hudson Hub: Employees earn national certifications
09-24-14 Akron Beacon Journal: Repairs completed on Nature Realm roof
09-07-14 Akron Beacon Journal: Probate judge names two commissioners
09-03-14 Akron Beacon Journal: Metro Parks to the rescue 

08-21-14 Akron Beacon Journal: Plans taking shape for CC course
08-21-14 Twinsburg Bulletin: District to manage Tinkers Creek
08-20-14 Akron Beacon Journal: District to manage Tinkers Creek
08-15-14 Hudson Hub: Hudson resident hired by Metro Parks
08-11-14 Akron Beacon Journal: Nature Realm roof repairs
08-08-14 Plain Dealer: Springfield Bog has plenty of birds


News Releases

12-16-14 Weasel your way to Kinderealm
12-09-14 Holiday hours for Nature Realm, park offices
12-09-14 School's Out Cookouts provide winter fun
12-09-14 Turn your Christmas tree into mulch
12-02-14 'Tis the season for ugly sweaters

11-25-14 Cardinals brighten winter days in Ohio
11-25-14 Participate in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count
11-25-14 Winter sports include sledding, skating, skiing, fishing
11-18-14 Board of Park Commissioners meets December 9
11-18-14 Visitors center closed December 2
11-12-14 Straw bales to insulate Nature Realm roof for winter
11-10-14 Thanksgiving hours for Nature Realm, park offices
11-10-14 Turkeys a regular sight in the Metro Parks
11-04-14 Akron section of Towpath Trail closes for 30 days
11-04-14 Fall Hiking Spree continues through November

10-30-14 Board of Park Commissioners meets November 12
10-28-14 Board creates cafe task force
10-28-14 Children learn about nature through song
10-28-14 Towpath Trail resurfaced in New Franklin and Clinton
10-28-14 Veterans Day hours for Nature Realm, park offices
10-22-14 Area in Nature Realm closed Monday morning for training
10-22-14 Assistance for spree hikers Saturdays in November
10-22-14 Discount available for visitor appreciation weekend
10-22-14 November is for the birds
10-14-14 Bats need a 'treat' as fungus tricks, kills species
10-14-14 Come see nature in disguise on Halloween
10-10-14 Board of Park Commissioners meets October 21
10-07-14 Columbus Day hours for Nature Realm, park offices
10-07-14 Five-mile section of Towpath Trail closes next week
10-06-14 Section of Bike & Hike Trail closes this week

09-30-14 Employees earn national certifications
09-30-14 Enjoy fall colors in the Metro Parks
09-30-14 Jim McCormac to lead special program at Nature Realm
09-30-14 Join a naturalist for honey extraction at Nature Realm
09-23-14 Akron section of Towpath Trail closes one day
09-23-14 Bears prepare to hibernate, maybe in the Metro Parks
09-23-14 Learn while you complete Fall Hiking Spree in October
09-16-14 Enjoy free fall events for families
09-16-14 Helping hand available to spree hikers
09-16-14 Seeking volunteers for Nature Realm gift shop, info desk
09-12-14 Work closes section of Bike & Hike Trail next week
09-11-14 Board of Park Commissioners meets September 23
09-09-14 Sand Run Parkway, Towpath Trail closed for Marathon
09-09-14 Volunteer group seeks drummer, French horn player
09-02-14 Video introduces Belle, a bike bell who shares trail advice

08-26-14 Labor Day hours for Nature Realm, park offices
08-26-14 Metro Parks offers non-competitive running series
08-19-14 District partners with State Parks on management agreement
08-19-14 Freedom Trail plans open to public comment
08-19-14 Discover the bats of the Metro Parks
08-19-14 51st Fall Hiking Spree is September 1 to November 30
08-14-14 Special meeting set for possible expansion of park board
08-13-14 August board meeting moved to Sand Run
08-12-14 Auction includes park vehicles, tools and more
08-11-14 Nature Realm visitors center remains partially closed
08-08-14 Board of Park Commissioners meets August 19
08-04-14 Sections of Bike & Hike Trail closed in Sagamore Hills
08-04-14 Nature Realm visitors center to remain closed



Did You Know?

Big Leaves
The American sycamore has the largest leaf of any tree in Summit County. The broad, maple-like leaves can measure more than eight inches wide.

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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