Magazine article Parks & Recreation

About Akron's Regional Park System

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

About Akron's Regional Park System

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Metro Parks, Serving Summit County is a 75-year-old special district serving the more than 500,000 residents of the Akron metropolitan area of northeast Ohio. This 6,700acre regional park system has 11 developed parks, a 23-mile Bike and Hike Trail, two swimming areas, a visitors center, special nature study area, arboretum and several large conservation areas.

Metro Parks are conveniently located throughout the county so that a park facility is within a 15-minute drive of most county residents. These large, natural areas host more than two million visits per year. Each park has inviting scenic picnic areas, spacious playfields and marked hiking trails. Each year, Metro Parks naturalists conduct a full calendar of guided walks, nature classes and speaking engagements for school classes and community groups. Metro Parks rangers actively patrol all park areas to ensure the protection of the natural resources.

Special facilities include the F A. Seiberling Natureaim (Nature Realm), a 100-acre special-use area, set aside for the study and enjoyment of nature. …

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