This is the second in a series of posts about upcoming grant-funded improvements to protect the roads, trails and wildlife of a well-loved park.

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Sand Run stream in winter. Photo by Craig Walton.

The park district announced January 11 that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program has awarded Summit Metro Parks $2.6 million for critical infrastructure and ecological improvements in Sand Run Metro Park. This funding complements work already underway with a previously awarded $2 million Clean Ohio grant. Together, this $4.6 …


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www.summitmetroparks100.org/centennial-tour

Beginning in March, there will be yet another way to celebrate the Summit Metro Parks centennial — visitors can take the Centennial Tour to visit 20 unique park locations and earn a reward!


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Meghan Meeker and Scott Roger were married in Sand Run Metro Park in 2011.

Have the Metro Parks been important to you or your family? Tell us your SMP story and share how the parks have had an impact on your life. The 16 parks making up Summit Metro Parks are firmly woven into the history of Summit County itself, and they have played an important role in many lives over the years. Your personal history is our shared history — tell us what the parks have meant to you or your family and you might be featured online, in the local media or in other future projects.

Here are some questions to get the creative juices flowing:

  • What is your most meaningful memory from the Metro Parks? …

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The best place to start your Summit Metro Parks centennial journey is right at your fingertips — www.summitmetroparks100.org. The centennial website is packed with information about what’s to come in 2021, and will be updated regularly throughout the year.

The site features a number of ways to engage with the upcoming celebration, including sharing your own SMP story, taking the Centennial Tour (beginning in March 2021) and planting a Centennial Tree (beginning in spring/summer 2021).

A true highlight of the site is the fun and interactive timeline that allows park enthusiasts and history buffs alike to take a journey through the park district’s past, present and future. …


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For its centennial celebration in 2021, Summit Metro Parks has adopted a special logo and tagline to honor the park district’s past, present and future.


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The first Centennial Grove is located in the Tallmadge Meadows Area of Munroe Falls Metro Park.

As a symbol of the park district’s long-term stability and growth, trees are also vitally important to the environment and our community’s physical and mental health.


Stephanie Walton, chief of marketing & communications

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Cars cross the Sand Run Parkway vehicle ford in May 1931

Since the park district’s inception 100 years ago, the people of Summit County have been instrumental to its success in providing clean and safe parks, protecting natural resources and connecting people to nature. As Summit Metro Parks embarks on its centennial year, we are most excited about celebrating this achievement with you — the residents, visitors and partners who help make the park district what it is today. With a variety of engaging opportunities planned for every age, interest and activity level, 2021 is packed with ways to get involved with the centennial events. Here are a few ideas to get you started.


Lindsay Smith, marketing & public relations manager

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Summit Metro Parks continues to restore the Valley View Area to its natural state. Projects at the former golf course include planting of native vegetation, wetlands and river restoration work and reconstruction of the historic barn.

As 2020 comes to an end, we look back with gratitude at a challenging, yet productive year. We thank Summit County voters for their ongoing support of the park district, and we commit to continuing our careful stewardship of resources and service to the county and its residents. In this spirit, we are excited to usher in our centennial year with meaningful progress on several initiatives that help set the stage for our next century.

VALLEY VIEW AREA


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Photo courtesy of spark & chemistry

This fun craft makes a nice centerpiece or gift for friends. As a bonus, the whole family can help!

Materials:

  • Leaves (real or artificial)
  • Mason jar (one without patterns or ridges works best)
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge brush
  1. Collect your leaves! If purchasing from a craft store, choose thin fabric leaves. They should be malleable so they conform to the shape of the jar with ease. If opting for real leaves, make sure to find freshly fallen, colored leaves that are relatively clean and not crunchy or dry. Fresh leaves will need to be pressed for a week. Place the leaves between the pages of a large book and stack heavy items on top.
  2. Clean the outside of your jar — the leaves will not stick to a dirty jar. …

Mike Johnson, Chief of Conservation

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Munroe Falls Metro Park (Rob Blair)

The best things to see at every Metro Park are best seen from our trails — we build them that way. At Summit Metro Parks, you will find well-maintained trails that are clearly marked and easy to follow. Trail signs keep patrons on track and notify them how far they have left on their hike. Information at each trailhead kiosk informs the visitor of the distance of each trail and relative level of difficulty. Trail maps and significant sights are easily found on our website and can be printed to carry in the field. …

About

Summit Metro Parks

Summit Metro Parks manages 14,000 acres, 16 parks and more than 150 miles of trails. Find more at www.summitmetroparks.org.

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