Summit Metro Parks We're Your Back Yard

The Foundation

Summit Metro Parks FoundationThe Summit Metro Parks Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 1991 to further the goals and mission of the park district.

Ways to Give

Your gift to the Summit Metro Parks Foundation helps maintain thriving parks that are a cornerstone of Summit County's quality of life, and it benefits the park district's charitable, educational and scientific initiatives. Donations may be made online, by mail or in person.

Summit Metro Parks Foundation
Jen M. Harvey, Fund Development Manager / Grant Writer
975 Treaty Line Rd., Akron, OH 44313

The Foundation’s nonprofit tax I.D. number is 34-1683837.


  • General, Education, Tree Trust & Trails funds
    Donations to the general fund are highly valued, because they can be used where they are needed most. Gifts to the Education, Tree Trust and Trails funds go toward specific programs.
    • The Education Fund benefits children’s environmental education and outreach programming throughout the park district.
    • Donations to the Tree Trust are utilized to purchase trees or shrubs for beautification and ecological restoration projects.
    • The Trails Fund supports trail construction, as well as maintenance and signage throughout the park district.
  • Summit Metro Parks Foundation Endowment Fund
    This fund is held at Akron Community Foundation. It is a meaningful way to make a gift for the long-term support of the park district, benefiting generations to come.

Gifts in Tribute

Planned Giving

Recent Projects

  • Indian Signal Tree
    Though its history is one of the area’s great mysteries – Was it shaped by American Indians? Does it mark a gathering place, or where to portage canoes? – the Indian Signal Tree continues to welcome visitors to Cascade Valley Metro Park. Together, with the Summit Metro Parks Foundation and the park district, Davey Tree Expert Company has “adopted” the tree to provide state-of-the-art care, to keep the tree – estimated by some to be 300 years or older – in good health for years to come.
  • Freedom Trail mural
    The Summit Metro Parks Foundation was pleased to support this mural, designed by artist Mac Love and painted by students and volunteers from The University of Akron’s Art Bomb Brigade and Arts LIFT. It beautifies the area near the forthcoming Mill Street Trailhead, located along the in-progress Phase 3 of the multipurpose Freedom Trail.
  • Help Grow A Park
    The Foundation supported this volunteer-led effort, during which 600 participants planted 100,000 nuts over two days in October to help reforest the former Valley View Golf Club in Akron. Though not yet open to the public, Valley View is now part of Cascade Valley Metro Park. Read more about the project here.

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