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 April 6, 2020

***The safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority. At the guidance of public health authorities, Summit Metro Parks has announced a number of cancellations and closures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Parks and trails remain OPEN, with the exception of alerts noted below. For the latest information, please see below and visit our COVID-19 update page.***

For status updates on the Hampton Hills Mountain Bike Area, visit Twitter.

facilities & amenities

  • At the guidance of health authorities during the COVID-19 outbreak, Summit Metro Parks has closed indoor facilities (F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm Visitors Center, Liberty Park Nature Center, Summit Lake Nature Center, Administrative Offices Lobby, Volunteer Center and all rentable lodges) to the public.
  • For public safety, the park district has also closed shelters, play areas, exercise stations, archery ranges, camping, fishing docks and observation decks.
  • Drinking fountains remain off and visitors are asked to avoid picnic tables, benches and railings. Some restrooms are closed to conserve supplies - please see below for open restroom locations.

RESTROOMS


The park district has closed some restrooms to conserve supplies until they can be restocked. Current OPEN restrooms include:
  • Bike & Hike Trail: Route 303, Brust Park and Young Rd.
  • Cascade Valley Metro Park: Chuckery Area, Oxbow Field #4 and Overlook Area
  • Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park: Main lot
  • Goodyear Heights Metro Park: Eastwood Rd. and Newton St. back lot (by the community gardens)
  • Gorge Metro Park: Main lot
  • Firestone Metro Park: Tuscarawus Meadows Area
  • Freedom Trail: Middlebury Trailhead (portable toilet only)
  • Furnace Run Metro Park: Brushwood Area and Daffodil Trail
  • Hampton Hills Metro Park: Akron-Penninsula Rd. lot
  • Liberty Park: Nature Center (portable toilets only) and Tinkers Creek Area
  • Munroe Falls Metro Park: Shady Beach Shelter lot and Tallmadge Meadows Area
  • Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park: SM2 Lot (portable toilet only)
  • O'Neil Woods Metro Park: Main lot
  • Sand Run Metro Park: Big Bend Area, Treaty Line Area, Old Portage Area, Wadsworth Area and Revere Rd. lot
  • Silver Creek Metro Park: Beach lot, Pheasant Run Area and Big Oak Area
  • Springfield Bog Metro Park: Main lot
  • Towpath Trail: Mustill Store, Wilbeth Rd., Route 93, Vanderhoof Rd., Center Rd. and Clinton Trailhead
  • Wood Hollow Metro Park: Main lot

MULTIPURPOSE TRAILS

Towpath Trail:

  • 3/9/20: The Towpath Trail will be closed from Fairview Avenue south to Robinson Avenue, a distance of 1.2 miles, for approximately 90 days while Ohio Department of Natural Resources works to cap an oil and gas well adjacent to the canal corridor.
  • Spring/Summer 2020: Beginning in early March, the Towpath Trail will be rerouted around the KB BioEnergy plant while the City of Akron performs work associated with its ongoing sewer project. The trail is anticipated to be restored  by August 1, 2020. 
  • Ongoing: Due to sewer work being completed by the City of Akron, the trail is rerouted between Memorial Parkway and the Mustill Store Trailhead, just north of downtown. The new route will be in effect for several years. Get more information on this project.
  • Ongoing: The Memorial Parkway Trailhead will be closed through mid-2020 due to a City of Akron CSO construction project. The restrooms will be open. A small portion of the Towpath Trail near the trailhead will be detoured around the construction area. Trail users may park at the Dog Park parking lot.

PARKS

 

Cascade Valley Metro Park

  • Ongoing: Cuyahoga Street open but under construction due to a City of Akron sewer project and is currently closed between the Chuckery Area and Uhler Street. Chuckery is accessible from the north (Sackett Ave.).  Learn more about this project.

Gorge Metro Park

  • 4/3/20: For public safety, Summit Metro Parks has limited visitation to Gorge Metro Park by closing half of the parking lot.

Munroe Falls Metro Park

  • 4/2/20: Using grant funding, the park district will make improvements to entrance drive at Munroe Falls Metro Park. The work is expected to conclude by June 8, and the entrance will remain open to traffic throughout the project.

Sand Run Metro Park

  • Ongoing: As part of the park district's COVID-19 response, Sand Run Parkway is closed to vehicle traffic from Sand Run Rd. to the ford to allow additional physical distancing along the Jogging Trail. All parking lots remain open, including the parking lot at Mingo Lodge. Vehicles and pedestrians are asked to exercise additional caution.
  • 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.