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Alerts

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


Last updated May 30, 2023.

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Paddling

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

Boundary Surveys


The park district is conducting boundary surveys to identify property boundary lines. In this type of survey, the surveyor sets (or recovers) property corners and produces a detailed plat or map. To accomplish this, the surveyor researches public records and conducts field research by taking measurements and performing calculations. The areas being surveyed are as follows:
  • Sand Run Metro Park near Castle Blvd. and Hillside Dr. (Akron)
  • Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail near the Cuyahoga River (Akron)
  • Mud Lake Conservation Area near State Route 303 (Hudson)

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: The Towpath Trail is detoured north of the Summit Lake Community Center while the City of Akron and Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition perform construction, expected to be complete in June 2023. 

PARKS

Cascade Valley Metro Park

  • Ongoing: The Chuckery Area is closed for tree removal and site preparation associated with the removal of the Gorge Dam. Following this work, the City of Akron will begin preparations for the Northside Interceptor Tunnel (NSIT) in the same area. The Chuckery Area will continue to be closed as necessary for public safety throughout the Gorge Dam and NSIT construction work, with closures expected to last through most of 2023. Learn more.

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm

  • 5/18/23: ZLB Landscaping will begin repairs to the Rock & Herb Garden pond. Work is expected to last two weeks, during which time a portion of the brick trail through the garden will be closed.

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 (1.5 miles out and back).

Liberty Park

  • 6/9/23: The archery range at the Tinkers Creek Area will be closed from 3 to 8 p.m. for an archery program. ​

Munroe Falls Metro Park

  • 5/30/23: Crews will begin paving for the loop trail at Munroe Falls Metro Park in late June and continue through mid-July. Intermittent partial or full park closures may be necessary during this time. Additional updates will be provided here and on social media as they are available.

Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park

  • 5/9/23: To align with the park district’s mission to protect natural resources, Summit Metro Parks biologists recently increased the protective buffer around the reed beds used by purple martins at Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park. We understand that this decision may be disappointing to some visitors. Unfortunately, in recent years kayakers and boaters have encroached into the birds’ space, discouraging them from using this valuable habitat on their seasonal journey to South America.

Sand Run Metro Park

  • 5/12/23: Sand Run Parkway will be closed to vehicles from Sand Run Rd. to Portage Path Monday through Thursday and open Friday through Sunday. This schedule will continue until work to restore and protect Sand Run is complete in July. There may be closures on the weekend due to high water. Learn more about how we are restoring and protecting the park district’s oldest and most-visited park here
  • Permanent closure: After carefully considering options for the future of the Jogging Trail at Sand Run Metro Park, Summit Metro Parks has determined the section of Sand Run Parkway between Portage Path and Merriman Rd. will remain closed to vehicles to protect wildlife and allow for future trail connections. Pedestrians are welcome to use this section of the parkway until permanent improvements are complete. Parking is available at the Old Portage Area.

Silver Creek Metro Park

  • 5/30/23: Crews will begin paving for the loop trail at Silver Creek Metro Park in late June and continue through mid-July. Intermittent partial or full park closures may be necessary during this time. Additional updates will be provided here and on social media as they are available.