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Alerts

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Last updated May 16, 2022

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GENERAL

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. 
  • 4/29/22-9/30/22: Beginning mid-April, Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be adding a water line to the restrooms for flush toilets and drinking water at Brandywine Falls. Additionally, the bridge over the creek will be re-decked this summer.  Because of safety issues related construction projects, the park has closed the Brandywine Falls parking lot and the Bike & Hike Trail from the I-271 overpass bridge (west) to the Inn at Brandywine Falls. Trail access may reopen sooner as conditions allow. Please respect the contractor’s barriers.

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. 
  • 5/10/22: The Towpath Trail between Wilbeth Road Trailhead and Ley Drive will be closed 5/10 for maintenance. This closure may extend into 5/11. The Wilbeth Road parking lot, and all parking lots and trail north and south of this closure will be unaffected.

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.

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 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.

Silver Creek Metro Park

  • 5/16/22: A positive case of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) was confirmed recently in Summit County. Equine Infectious Anemia is a serious blood-borne virus that affects horses and can be transmitted by biting flies. Silver Creek Metro Park falls outside of the 200-yard quarantine zone for this case. Therefore, there is no reason to close bridle trails at this time. Summit Metro Parks is monitoring the situation and recommends all horse owners follow testing guidelines. Learn more about the ongoing situation here.