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Alerts

Updated July 24, 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:
  • 07/21/14: 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. Currently, the multipurpose trail passes under the bridge. The trail will be detoured with an at-grade crossing of Akron-Cleveland Road, through November. At that time, a tunnel will be completed for trail users.
  • 07/21/14: The Bike & Hike Trail will be closed between Nesbitt Road and Merrit Drive in Sagamore Hills through 8/1 for work conducted by FirstEnergy and its contractors. (The trail travels southeast from Sagamore Hills to Munroe Falls and Stow on land owned by FirstEnergy.) For more information, call the project hotline at 1-866-477-6552 or email transmissionprojects@firstenergycorp.com.
  • 09-06-14: A fundraiser for the Akron Zoo will utilize the Bike & Hike, Freedom and Towpath trails. Non-event users should expect heavier traffic in the morning.
Freedom Trail:
  • 08/02/14: The Black Squirrel Adventure Triathlon will impact the trail Saturday morning. An estimated 200 participants will be using the trail for the bike portion of the race, between Middlebury and Howe roads. The trail will remain open to the public.
  • 09-06-14: A fundraiser for the Akron Zoo will utilize the Bike & Hike, Freedom and Towpath trails. Non-event users should expect heavier traffic in the morning.
Towpath Trail:
  • 07/21/14: Construction is taking place between the Mustill Store and Memorial Parkway in Akron. The city's contractor has built a detour that runs parallel to the trail. Users should not be affected.
  • 08/02 & 08/03/14: The Burning River 100 will utilize sections of the Towpath Trail, plus Cascade Valley and the Gorge.
  • Through 08/31/14: A contractor for Akron will resume work on the city's trunk sewer, which runs along part of the trail north of the city, beginning 3/31. The work will continue through August. The contractor will access the sewer via the Towpath Trail at the Memorial Parkway Trailhead. Temporary closures may be required here and at additional access points: Big Bend, Portage Path and Botzum.
  • 09-06-14: A fundraiser for the Akron Zoo will utilize the Bike & Hike, Freedom and Towpath trails. Non-event users should expect heavier traffic in the morning.
  • 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

Cascade Valley:
  • 08/02 & 08/03/14: The Burning River 100 will utilize sections of the Towpath Trail, plus Cascade Valley and the Gorge.
Firestone:
  • 07/27/14: A "Race for the Cure" will be using a portion of Harrington Road near Little Turtle Pond on Sunday. There may be as many as 1,200 runners on the road and passing by the entrance until 11 a.m.
  • 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:
  • 10/12/14: Approximately 15 churches will use the park and its trails for an event. Visitors should expect significant traffic.
Gorge:
  • 08/02 & 08/03/14: The Burning River 100 will utilize sections of the Towpath Trail, plus Cascade Valley and the Gorge.
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:
  • 10/11, 11/08 & 12/06/14: Access to the Lake Area will be impacted by the "Ohio Outside Trail Series." The park will remain open, but visitors should more traffic than usual between 7 and 11 a.m.


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