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Main Entrance, Sled Hill
Parcours Trail & Pavilion
2077 Newton St., Akron 44305

Eastwood Ballfields
1950 Eastwood Ave., Akron 44305

Pioneer Shelter & Trails
550 Frazier Ave., Akron 44305

Hours
6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Goodyear Heights
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ICON

NAME

MILES

CLASS

RATING

TRAIL DESCRIPTION

SPREE


Alder

1.4

BC

1

Alder Trail leads through the woods to Alder Pond, where a cattail marsh provides good wildlife habitat. At the start of the trail, a short (half-mile, round trip) section earns Class B status and is good for users with wheelchairs, walkers, canes and strollers.

 


Parcours

1.8

C

3

For a good workout, try this challenging hiking trail with numbered exercise stations.

 


Piney Woods

2.0

C

2

Although this trail is named for the many pines once planted in the park, they are giving way to a variety of other species through natural succession, including black cherries, oaks and tuliptrees.

Class  A=Multipurpose  B=Accessible*  C=Basic  D=Primitive**  E=Bridle

Rating  1=Easy  2=Moderate  3=Difficult

*Flat, easy trail or section with asphalt or crushed limestone surface that meets or exceeds ADA requirements.
See
Spree For All for more information about accessible trails. Click for OPDMD trails

** Rugged and challenging with uneven surfaces and steep, narrow routes


History & Wildlife

Goodyear Heights Metro Park opened in 1930 after land was donated by Akron's Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and the park district purchased 37 acres from resident Gilbert Waltz. During the Depression, Metro Parks acquired additional acres by paying delinquent taxes on surrounding properties. In the 1950s, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company donated more land.

Thousands of pines and tulip trees were planted in the park. During World War II, Victory Gardens were planted along Newton Street on the former Waltz farm. In 1957, the Charles Goodyear Memorial Pavilion was constructed. It served as the park district's headquarters until 1974, when the offices were moved to Sand Run Metro Park.

Today, the pines planted in this 410-acre park are slowly giving way to black cherries, oaks and tuliptrees through natural succession. Elsewhere, beech trees, sugar maples, basswoods, pin oaks, red maples and blackgum trees grow. In the north-central section, acidic soils support sassafras and sarsaparilla, species that were once used in beverage making.

Along the edge of Alder Pond, a cattail marsh provides good wildlife habitat. The pond supports sphagnum moss and yellow birch trees, muskrats, nesting Canada geese and mallards. Late spring is a great time to view snapping turtles, some up to 20 pounds, basking in the sun. The park's woods are home to owls and other wildlife.

Amenities

Goodyear Heights Metro Park features the Charles Goodyear Memorial Pavilion, Pioneer Shelter, a large play field, hiking trails and areas for fishing, cross-country skiing and sledding.


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