Restoring & Protecting Sand Run Metro Park (Part I)

As the park district’s oldest and busiest park, Sand Run Metro Park is getting some much-needed love beginning this summer. With the help of an external grant from the Clean Ohio fund, Summit Metro Parks is making several infrastructure and ecological improvements to Sand Run over the coming months.

These improvements aren’t always in plain view, but they are critical to Sand Run’s long-term sustainability. And while construction will cause a temporary inconvenience for pedestrians and drivers, it will ultimately benefit the public by improving conditions in the stream for fish and other aquatic life and protecting the park’s roads and trails.

Sand Run stream includes several man-made impediments to fish migration.
  1. Because the Sand Run is located in an area that has been highly developed with homes, shopping centers and roads, stormwater runoff has created significant erosion in the park and destabilized the stream’s banks.
  2. Over the decades, infrastructure such as roads, culverts and pipelines have been built as the surrounding communities were developed, creating migration barriers that make it extremely difficult for fish to travel freely throughout the waterway.
The failing pedestrian bridge is closed and the Jogging Trail has been temporarily rerouted around it.
The existing small culvert and Jogging Trail bridge will be removed and replaced with a larger culvert. The trail will pass over the new culvert, eliminating the need for a pedestrian bridge and creating a wildlife corridor under the roadway.
Sunrise on Sand Run Parkway

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Summit Metro Parks

Summit Metro Parks

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.