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Alerts

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Last updated August 3, 2021

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GENERAL

  • The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is investigating a bird illness that has not yet been identified and has requested that people refrain from feeding birds at this time. Until further notice, bird feeders will not be available at the viewing windows of the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm Visitors Center or Liberty Park Nature Center, and visitors are discouraged from hand-feeding birds in the parks.
  • Cyanobacteria, often called blue-green algae, are bacteria that are naturally found in Ohio lakes, ponds and slow-moving streams. Although many species of algae do not produce toxins, some species of blue-green algae can cause Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) which can potentially impact the health of people or animals who come into contact with water where HABs are present in high numbers. Any specific alerts will be listed by park below. Learn more.

MULTIPURPOSE TRAILS

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. 
  • Ongoing: Beginning in April and continuing through September, maintenance work will be conducted on a railroad bridge crossing the Towpath Trial near Beech Street in downtown Akron. No trail closures are expected as a result of this work.

PARKS

Firestone Metro Park

  • 11/18/20: Tuscarawas Meadows restroom closed due to storm damage.

Gorge Metro Park

  • 7/13/21: A portion of Highbridge Trail is closed while the park district considers options to address a damaged pedestrian bridge. SMP crews have monitored the bridge for several years and after recent heavy rains, it has been closed for public safety. 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

  • Each Thursday through 9/2/21: Dogs are invited to swim inside the fenced beach area of the lake only. Please observe all "dog swim" rules.

Sand Run Metro Park

  • ​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 CLOSED to vehicle traffic between Revere and Sand Run Roads. 
    • 7/22/21: The Jogging Trail will be closed immediately east and west side of Sand Run Road for approximately four weeks for stream bank stabilization and material/equipment staging. The trail remains open from Old Portage to the closure and from Revere Road to the closure.
    • 7/26/21: The Revere Road parking lot will be closed beginning 7/26 for stream bank stabilization and retaining wall work. This work is expected to be complete after approximately one week.
  • 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.

Silver Creek Metro Park

  • Each Thursday through 9/2/21: Dogs are invited to swim inside the fenced beach area of the lake only. Please observe all "dog swim" rules.