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Summit Lake Nature Center

The Summit Lake Nature Center is currently closed to the public in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Towpath Trail and Loop Trail remain open.

Nature Center Hours:

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Summit Lake Nature Center is located within the Reach Opportunity Center at 390 W. Crosier St., Akron.

The award-winning pop-up nature center includes:

  • Displays
  • A reading corner
  • A small learning lab with discovery scopes and magnifying glasses
  • Staff-led programs

Near the shoreline, tables, swings, umbrellas and grills were installed to help people enjoy the great outdoors.

The Summit Lake Nature Center was made possible through support from Reimagining the Civic Commons. The project was named 2017's best environmental and interpretive program by the Ohio Parks & Recreation Association. Read more about this honor.

Reimagining the Civic Commons is supported by The JPB Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and local funders.