Great things are coming to Summit Lake. After the successful pilot of a pop-up nature center inside the Reach Opportunity Center at Summit Lake (390 W. Crosier St., Akron 44311), Summit Metro Parks has established a permanent nature center inside the former Pump House building (411 Ira Ave., Akron 44301). The new nature center is slated to open in late summer 2021, pending public health guidance due to COVID-19. Follow the park district on social media and check back for updates. The pop-up version of the Summit Lake Nature Center was made possible through support from Reimagining the Civic Commons. The center featured displays, a reading corner, a learning lab and naturalist-led programs. Near the shoreline, tables, swings, umbrellas and grills were installed to help people enjoy the great outdoors.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.