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Park & Trail Alerts


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

Last updated March 23, 2017



  • Ongoing: Outdoor drinking fountains have been shut off for the winter season.

Bike & Hike Trail:

  • Through early 2017: The trail is now open between Sowul Boulevard and Norton Road in Stow. The trail surface is compacted limestone. ODOT is replacing the bridge on SR91 with a tunnel. The work will resume in the spring, at which time the trail will be closed.
  • 06/04/17: A bicycle ride of up to 500 people will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Bike & Hike Trail from Highland Rd. to Hines Hill Rd., and again from Boston Mills Rd. to Barlow Rd.

Towpath Trail:

  • 03/29/17: A contractor will be working on a brine line that runs parallel to the Towpath Trail just east of Manchester Road. Construction equipment will be working alongside the trail, and a flagger will assist trail users passing through the area if the need arises. The trail will remain open.
  • 05/06/17: The City of Akron's Blue Heron Homecoming event near the Mustill Store may attract more than 800 people. Parking will be limited.
  • 05/20/17: An organized run will see 400 people on the Towpath Trail, from the Merriman Valley to Big Bend and back, between 9 and 9:30 p.m.
  • 06/10/17: A cycling event will see 140 riders follow the trail from Cleveland, through Summit County and into Stark and Tuscarawas counties.
  • 07/08 & 07/09/17: An endurance run will bring approximately 150 runners to the Towpath Trail between Cleveland, Akron and Stark County. It will begin early July 8 and end by 11 a.m. July 9.
  • 09/30/17: An organized run will see 150 on the Towpath Trail between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., beginning at Memorial Pkwy. to the Big Bend Trailhead then back, ending at Memorial Pkwy.
  • Through 2019: 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. To learn more, click here.



  • Ongoing: Outdoor drinking fountains have been shut off for the winter season.

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm

  • 04-04-17: The visitors center will be closed for seasonal cleaning and sealing of the recycled-content floor. Regular center hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Firestone Metro Park

  • Beginning 02/06/17: Dominion East Ohio will be clearing trees east of the Tuscarawas Meadows Area parking lot along the gas line right-of-way. The work is being completed so Dominion can replace the gas line. On a first-come, first-served basis, there may be free firewood for the public piled in the northeast corner of the lot.
  • 06/10/17: About 150 people are anticipated in the Tuscarawas Meadows Area for a private preschool nature event.

Hampton Hills Metro Park

  • Through Spring 2017: The Top O' the World Area is closed for the season. It will reopen in the spring of 2017.

Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park

  • Beginning 11/23/16: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is cutting trees along their dam at Nimisila, off Jones Drive and South Main Street. Though Summit Metro Parks manages Nimisila, the park is owned by the State, and the maintenance, safety and operation of the dam is the responsibility of ODNR. Summit Metro Parks is not part of the current tree work. Please call ODNR with questions.
  • Through Spring 2017: The docks have been removed for the season.

Wood Hollow Metro Park

  • 07/01/17: Access to the park will be limited from mid-afternoon on, as the City of Hudson will be hosting its fireworks celebration and closing Barlow Road, blocking off the park entrance.