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News Room

For news and information, please contact our Marketing department:

Stephanie Walton
Chief of Marketing & Communications
330-865-8040 x215

Lindsay Smith
Marketing & Public Relations Manager
330-865-8040 x207 


During the COVID-19 public health emergency, changes are occurring rapidly and not all updates are issued via news release. Please visit the park district's COVID-19 response page for the latest information.


Amateur Photo

9-1-20 Public invited to submit entries for park district's annual Amateur Photography Exhibit


Fall Hiking Spree

8-25-20 Explore fields to forests during 57th annual Fall Hiking Spree

SMP Find A Truck

8-25-20 Board of Park Commissioners meets September 8

SMP Find A Truck

8-11-20 Summit Metro Parks to host 'Find-A-Truck'

SMP Headquarters

8-6-20 Summit Metro Parks announces Fall 2020 COVID-19 response

SMP Headquarters

8-6-20 Summit Metro Parks announces Fall 2020 COVID-19 response


Board of Park Commissioners

7-28-20 Board of Park Commissioners meets August 11

Valley View restoration

7-16-20 SMP receives federal award to fund Cuyahoga River restoration at Valley View; progress also continues on renovation of former clubhouse

Sand Run Metro Park

7-15-20 SMP awarded funding to restore and protect Sand Run Metro Park; road and trail closures in effect beginning July 20


Board of Park Commissioners

6-30-20 Board of Park Commissioners meets July 14


Stay Safe SMP

6-16-20 Summit Metro Parks launches #StaySafeSMP contest to promote safe summer fun

Summit Lake Rendering

6-11-20 Summit Lake Nature Center takes shape with construction, interpretive exhibits underway 

Board of Park Commissioners

6-8-20 Board of Park Commissioners meets June 9

SMP Headquarters

6-4-20 Summit Metro Parks announces summer 2020 COVID-19 response

Spree For All

6-1-20 Spree For All begins June 1, virtual option available

Backyard Explorer

6-1-20 Summit Metro Parks introduces virtual 'Backyard Explorer' summer camps


Board of Commissioners

5-5-20 Board of Park Commissioners meets May 12

Virtual Mother's Day 5K

5-1-20 Summit Metro Parks updates COVID-19 response


Virtual Mother's Day 5K

4-29-20 Summit County voters approve park levy

Virtual Mother's Day 5K

4-17-20 Annual Mother's Day 5K is now virtual 

Board of Commissioners

4-13-20 Board of Park Commissioners meets April 14

COVID19 Updates

4-3-20 Northeast Ohio parks urge public's cooperation to remain open during COVID-19 


COVID19 Updates

3-23-20 Parks & trails designated as essential activity, will remain open during stay-at-home order 

COVID19 Updates

3-13-20 Park District announces updated COVID-19 response

Mother's Day 5K

3-10-20 Celebrate Mom at annual Mother's Day 5K

Gorge Dam Public Meeting

3-10-20 Community partners to host Gorge Dam public meeting

Salamander Migration

3-3-20 Witness Annual Amphibian Migration in Sand Run Metro Park

Board of Commissioners

3-3-20 Board of Park Commissioners Meets March 10


SMP Ensemble

2-11-20 Musical ensemble seeks volunteer musicians

CCC at Gorge Shelter

2-11-20 National Register of Historic Places finds SMP facilities worthy of inclusion


Board of Park Commissioners

1-28-20 Board of Park Commissioners Meets February 11

Winter Sports

1-22-20 Enjoy winter sports and more in Summit Metro Parks

School's Out Programs

1-14-20 'School's Out' programs will delight visitors on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Veterans Day in SMP

1-14-20 Park district recognizes employees for service

Veterans Day in SMP

1-7-20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day hours for centers and park offices


Veterans Day in SMP
12-17-19 Holiday hours for park centers, offices

Board of Park Commissioners
12-17-19 Board of Park Commissioners Meets January 14

Visitors Center

12-3-19 Summit Metro Parks celebrates "Bert Szabo Day" in honor of first naturalist


Visitors Center
11-26-19 Visitors center closed for maintenance

Board of Park Commissioners
11-26-19 Board of Park Commissioners Meets December 10

11-19-19 SMP honored with four statewide Awards of Excellence

11-19-19 Chief of Conservation Mike Johnson wins Jack Hanna Award

Veterans Day in SMP
11-19-19 Thanksgiving hours for park centers, offices

Veterans Day in SMP

11-13-19 Summit Metro Parks plans March ballot issue



Metro Parks Ensemble
10-29-19 Musical ensemble recruiting conductor

10-29-19 Board of Park Commissioners meets November 12

Veterans Day in SMP

10-22-19 Veterans celebrated in Summit Metro Parks

Ranger Explorers

10-1-19 Park rangers host open house for Explorers program

SMP Headquarters

10-1-19 Park district recognizes employees for service


Fall Family Outing
9-24-19 Cuyahoga River Water Trail to receive state designation October 4

Fall Family Outing
9-24-19 Enjoy free Fall Family Outing events this October

9-24-19 Board of Park Commissioners meets October 8

9-24-19 Akron Marathon returns to Towpath Trail, brings temporary closures

9-17-19 Park district encourages take-and-eat fishing from lakes, ponds

9-3-19 Eastern section of Sand Run Parkway closed until further notice