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Alerts

Updated August 25, 2014

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


Multipurpose Trails

Bike & Hike Trail:
  • Through 08/31/14: Due to work conducted in Sagamore Hills by FirstEnergy and its contractors, the trail will be closed between Nesbitt Road and Merritt Drive. The 34-mile Bike & Hike Trail travels southeast from Sagamore Hills to Munroe Falls and Stow on land owned by FirstEnergy. For more information, contact 1-866-477-6552 or transmissionprojects@firstenergycorp.com.
  • Through 10/31/14: Due to work conducted in Sagamore Hills by FirstEnergy and its contractors, the trail will be closed between Sagamore Road and Valley View Road through October. The 34-mile Bike & Hike Trail travels southeast from Sagamore Hills to Munroe Falls and Stow on land owned by FirstEnergy. For more information, contact 1-866-477-6552 or transmissionprojects@firstenergycorp.com.
  • Through 11/30/14: Removal of the vehicular Akron-Cleveland Road bridge in Boston Heights will force a short detour of the Bike & Hike Trail, slightly southeast of the SR 303 Trailhead. The trail is detoured with an at-grade crossing of Akron-Cleveland Road through November. At that time, a tunnel will be completed for trail users.
Freedom Trail:
  • Until Further Notice: Phase II of the Trail, between Southwest Avenue in Tallmadge and Eastwood Avenue in Akron, is NOT YET OPEN to the public. It may be completed in September.
Towpath Trail:
  • Through 08/31/14: Construction is taking place between the Mustill Store and Memorial Parkway trailheads in Akron. The trail is completely closed weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Ongoing in '14: The City of Akron is expanding the community center at Summit Lake (380 W. Crosier St., Akron). The work will not impact or close the Towpath Trail, which runs behind the center on the east bank of the lake, but it has closed the parking lot closest to the trail and the center's basketball courts.

Parks

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm:
  • 08/25/14: The visitors center will partially reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, 8/26. Partial closures will continue to be in effect as repairs are made to the interior of the building. The 104-acre park will remain open during the work. Visitors may call 330-865-8065 with questions about upcoming programs or local wildlife when the building reopens on Tuesday. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Firestone:
  • Ongoing in '14: Visitors traveling to Firestone Metro Park will only be able to access the Tuscarawas Meadows (2620 Harrington Rd., Akron) and Little Turtle Pond (2400 Harrington Rd., Akron) entrances from the north, via Swartz Road off of South Main Street. Harrington Road will be closed at Warner Road, at the southeast corner of the 258-acre park, as a contractor for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources continues to renovate the dam on Harrington Road. The work will continue into 2014. Hiking trails, picnic areas and naturalist-led programs at Firestone Metro Park will not be affected.
Goodyear:
  • 10/11/14: A cross-country meet will bring 500 people to the park between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Visitors should expect more traffic than usual.
  • 10/12/14: Approximately 15 churches will use the park and its trails for an event. Visitors should expect significant traffic.
  • 10/18/14: A cross-country meet will bring 500 to 800 people to the park between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Visitors should expect more traffic than usual.
Hampton Hills:
  • 07/23/14: Spring Hollow Trail is open following repairs to areas damaged in the 5/12 storm. Adam Run Trail remains closed and will require realignment and major work, which is under way. The park district hopes to have the trail open by year's end.
Munroe Falls:
  • 08/30/14: Access to the Lake Area may be impacted by a skating event. Park visitors should expect more traffic than usual and rollerskaters on the parkway between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • 10/11, 11/08 & 12/06/14: Access to the Lake Area may be impacted by the "Ohio Outside Trail Series." Park visitors should expect more traffic than usual between 7 and 11 a.m.


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Bird Feeders
Cooper's hawks will eat small birds, often hunting for them at your backyard feeder. (Hey, it is called a bird feeder.)

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One-third of Metro Parks rangers are graduates of Hocking College, where they studied law enforcement in a natural resources setting.




















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