Summit Metro Parks We're Your Back Yard

Alerts

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


Last updated January 19, 2022

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GENERAL

COVID-19

Beginning Monday, August 9, masks are strongly recommended for visitors age 2 and over in Summit Metro Parks offices, nature centers and rental facilities, regardless of vaccination status. We will continue to monitor all guidance from public health officials and make any updates on this page and on social media. All facilities remain open. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we all work together to keep our community safe!

Paddling

Please note that the paddling access point at the Oxbow Area of Cascade Valley Metro Park is for experienced paddlers ONLY. This area includes challenging strainers.

Drinking Fountains

Drinking fountains are turned off throughout the park district each year when temperatures drop to near freezing. Please plan to bring your own drinking water until they are back on in spring when the threat of frost is gone. 

MULTIPURPOSE TRAILS 

Bike & Hike Trail

  • 1/19/22: A utility company is working adjacent to the trail between Stow and Barlow roads, but may use the trail to access the right-of-way. Please use extra caution in that area. 

Towpath Trail

  • Ongoing: The Towpath Trail is rerouted around the KB BioEnergy plant while the City of Akron performs work associated with its ongoing sewer project. 

PARKS

Gorge Metro Park

  • Ongoing: A portion of Highbridge Trail is closed until further notice due to a damaged pedestrian bridge. Because the area will be disrupted by upcoming sewer construction and any repairs would be temporary, SMP will construct a permanent solution once sewer work is complete. Visitors may continue to use the trail from the Highbridge trailhead parking lot or the Chuckery Area trailhead sign to the bridge (1.5 miles out and back from both directions).

Munroe Falls Metro Park

  • 9/2/21: The bathhouse restrooms are closed for repairs.

Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park

  • Through February 2022: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife operates an annual waterfowl hunting program at Nimisila Reservoir. The season runs from early September through early February with peak activity usually in the months of September and October. During this time, hunters may be present in blinds and will be utilizing firearms to harvest duck and geese. Questions regarding the program can be directed to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife at 1-800-WILDLIFE or by calling the Conservation Department of Summit Metro Parks: 330-865-8057 x 221.

Sand Run Metro Park

  • 11/10/21: Through December 1, Ohio Edison has closed Merriman Road between Monmouth and Treaty Line from 8:30 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Saturday to complete power grid upgrades. There will be local access to the residents in this section, but access to the Big Bend Area will be limited. 
  • ​7/6/21: Summit Metro Parks is making a series of grant-funded infrastructure and ecological improvements within Sand Run Metro Park. Additional projects necessary to the park's long-term sustainability will result in rolling trail and parkway closures through 2022 (more information available here). The parkway is currently OPEN to vehicle traffic between Revere and Sand Run Roads. 
  • Ongoing: Motorists are advised that the half-mile section of Sand Run Parkway between Portage Path and Merriman Road is closed while Summit Metro Parks considers solutions for addressing an aging culvert. The road closure was recommended by the Summit County Engineer’s Office and is effective as of 9/3/19. Pedestrians are welcome to use this section of the parkway - parking is available at the Old Portage Area.