Thinking Outside the Park: Extending Sustainable Practices to Every Corner

Summit Metro Parks
2 min readDec 14, 2023

Katelyn Freil, Marketing Specialist

A sunrise along the Bike & Hike Trail. Photo by JJ Prekop Jr.

Summit Metro Parks manages 15,000 acres of land for the enjoyment of the community and health of our local ecosystem. But there’s more to being green than just our forests and fields — the park district works to actively incorporate sustainability into its daily practices as well. SMP is proud to share its sustainable victories in the past year, from upcycling materials into art to hosting its first large-scale, limited-waste event.

Left: E-waste and paper recycling bins at Sand Run Metro Park. Right: Participants at the 2023 Mother’s Day 5K were offered muffins and bananas, the wrappers and peels for which were composted. Photo by Rob Vaughn.

You can join our efforts to support a sustainable future:

For more stories like this, check out Green Islands magazine, a bi-monthly publication from Summit Metro Parks. Summit County residents can sign up to receive the publication at home free of charge.

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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.