Planting the parks: Reforestation for our next 100 years

The park district’s pine tree saplings at Everett Rd. Nursery, June 1928

As we celebrate the park district’s centennial anniversary this year, we are also marking 100 years of conservation, preservation and connecting people to nature in Summit County.

SMP Park Biologist Chris Chaney helps coordinate planting of signature native tree species for the Centennial Groves.

WHY PLANT TREES?

Planting an oak tree at Goodyear Heights Metro Park, February 1963

WHAT ARE CENTENNIAL GROVES?

Girl Scouts plant saplings at Silver Creek Metro Park, April 1977
  • Currently unused for recreation
  • Not regenerating well on its own
  • Free from any potential historically significant sites

HOW WILL WE PLANT THE GROVES?

Christy Counterman, one of 30 Plant Conservation Volunteers, assists in the reforestation efforts at Liberty Park, November 2016.

If you would like to get involved, please visit us online for opportunities to volunteer, donate or even to receive your own FREE Heritage Tree cultivated from species found in Summit Metro Parks.

Donor Lois Arnold (left) was instrumental in the creation of the Munroe Falls Metro Park Centennial Grove, October 2020.

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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

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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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