In case you missed it

Photo by Rob Blair

It’s been a unique and challenging year, and while we’ve seen more of you than ever in the parks and on our spree trails, we are thrilled to finally be able to welcome you back into our facilities. As always, our thoughts are with those who lost loved ones to the pandemic, and we are eternally grateful for the support from our community that allowed us to keep parks and trails safely open, continue to provide nature-based programming and launch our centennial year.

  1. Record visitation and spree participation In 2020, SMP saw a 20 percent increase in visitation compared to recent years, equating to an additional one million visits to our parks! Camping was particularly popular, with reservations up by 23 percent at Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park. At17,000 finishers, participation in the Fall Hiking Spree also reached an all-time high.
Two park visitors socially distance in Spring 2020.
Summit Lake Nature Center (Akron, OH)
Restoration is complete on one mile of the main channel of the Cuyahoga, 1,500 linear feet of headwater stream, 30 acres of wetlands and 40 acres of floodplain.
A historic barn that was later a golf club house is being renovated into a rentable lodge.
Don Drumm at the sculpture’s installation earlier this year.
A young park visitor enjoys a Storybook Trail at Silver Creek Metro Park (Norton).
Renovations to Goodyear Heights Lodge — West Room
Coventry Oaks Lodge renovation at Firestone Metro Park
Mingo Lodge upgrades in Sand Run Metro Park
Centennial Tour panels are located at 20 stops throughout Summit Metro Parks.
A free tree seedling giveaway event was held in April 2021.
Updated exhibits inside F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
Updated exhibits inside F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
Some of the seniors who contributed to the community art project “Birds of a Feather” visit the piece at Summit County Probate Court.
Iowa darter fish
Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park (Green)
A rendering depicts the proposed Freedom Trail Phase 4 connector bridge.
Paddler on the Tuscarawas Water Trail

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Summit Metro Parks manages 15,000 acres, 16 parks, three nature centers and more than 150 miles of trails. Find more at www.summitmetroparks.org.

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Summit Metro Parks manages 15,000 acres, 16 parks, three nature centers and more than 150 miles of trails. Find more at www.summitmetroparks.org.

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