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Updated April 29, 2016

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


Throughout the park district, outdoor drinking fountains will be turned off until spring beginning November 3, 2015.

Bike & Hike Trail
  • 06/18/16: There will be a large event on the Bike & Hike Trail, between Nesbitt and Valley View roads, on Saturday, 6/18, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Approximately 200 people will be in attendance.
Towpath Trail
  • 12/01/15: Due to sewer work in Akron, the trail is rerouted between Memorial Parkway and the Mustill Store Trailhead, just north of downtown. The new route will be in effect for several years.
  • 05/04/16: The Towpath Trail, south of the Wilbeth Trailhead, will be closed 5/4 and 5/5 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The trailhead parking lot and restrooms will remain open.
  • 05/14/16: Expect heavy trail use as approximately 140 people will be biking the Towpath Trail, north to south, during the Towpath Century Ride.
  • 05/22/16: A charity bicycle ride will take place on the Towpath Trail from the Stark County line north to Center Rd. Approximately 250 people are expected to ride during the event, which will last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 08/13/16: Expect heavy trail use as approximately 200 people participate in the Tour Du Towpath, which will take place on Towpath Trail from Eastern Road to the Stark County line.


Throughout the park district, outdoor drinking fountains will be turned off until spring beginning November 3, 2015.

Cascade Valley Metro Park:
  • 1/18/16: The Overlook Trail and parking lot at 354 Sackett Ave., Akron, will be closed through April 30. During this time, a crew will rebuild the Overlook Deck – which sits 125 feet above the Cuyahoga River – and pave with asphalt the crushed limestone parking lot and half-mile loop trail. To help eliminate seasonal washouts near the trailhead, bioswales will be installed to collect rainwater. A drinking fountain and permanent restroom building will be added later.
Firestone Metro Park:
  • 05/27/16: About 150 people will be utilizing Little Turtle Pond for a school fishing activity.
Hampton Hills:
  • 12/01/15: The Top O' the World Area is closed for the season. It will open in spring '16.

Liberty Park:

  • 05/21/16: Between 150 and 200 people will be utilizing Liberty Park for a special event.
Munroe Falls Metro Park:
  • 05/26/16: About 200 people will be using the Lake Area from 7 to 11 a.m. for a triathalon event.
  • 05/08/16: Entrance to the Lake Area will be closed from 7:50 a.m. until about 9 a.m. for the annual Mother's Day 5K.
  • 03/14/16: Construction has begun on a fence around the beach area in Munroe Falls Metro Park. The work should be complete by mid-April. When swim season begins, admission will no longer be charged to hike in the Lake Area; just to enter the fenced-in beach area.
  • 12/01/15: The lake has been lowered for the season. Boating will not be possible until spring.

Did You Know?

Wormy Wood
American chestnut used to be one of the dominate species in our forests. In the early 1900s, a fungus nearly wiped out the species. Lumber, called wormy chestnut, was harvested from those dying trees.

Important Bird Areas
Several areas managed by Metro Parks have been named Important Bird Areas by Audubon Ohio, including Deep Lock Quarry and Liberty Park.

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