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Friends of Metro Parks advocates on behalf of Summit Metro Parks and the residents of Summit County on local, state and federal issues that affect our parks, environment, water and air quality and more. We strive to keep the public informed and provide opportunities for Summit County residents to get engaged and have their voice heard. Some of the issues Friends of Metro Parks advocates for include:


The Gorge Dam
: Friends of Metro Parks fully supports the effort to remove the Gorge Dam in Gorge Metro Park. Summit Metro Parks is a partner in this effort. In 2009 and 2011, USEPA conducted studies that showed the Gorge Dam pool contained 832,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment. In 2015, Ohio EPA commissioned a study on the alternatives and costs of removing the sediment and demolishing the dam.

Currently, the dam has no function, supports no jobs and is one of the largest unresolved water quality problems on the Cuyahoga River. Its future is absent of any real prospects. In contrast, removing the dam will:

  • Restore water quality in the gorge area of the Cuyahoga River
  • Improve the health of human and natural resources by removing toxic sediments from the dam pool
  • Restore Gorge Metro Park to the historic natural grandeur of its location
  • Exhume and restore the Great Falls of the Cuyahoga River
  • Amplify land and water-based recreational opportunities related to the dramatic topography of the gorge
  • Bolster Northeast Ohio as a tourism destination by linking with other major attractions, CVNP, area Metro Parks, Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and other institutional magnets
  • Showcase the cultural and natural significance of the gorge and its intriguing history
  • Create a 2.5 mile white water course for expert paddlers, unique in Ohio
  • Support economic development generated from expanded tourism, recreation and education

* all text taken directly from Summit Metro Parks letter to Friends of Metro Parks signed by Elaine Marsh, dated July 13, 2016

New Summit Pumped Storage Project: New Summit Hydro, LLC has a Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC) Preliminary Permit for the New Summit Pumped Storage Project. The proposed location is on and near Silver Creek Metro Park. If approved, the project would have significant adverse impact on the land and wildlife. Additionally, Summit Metro Parks has invested over $6,000,000 in providing this public park to the residents of Summit County.

 

New Summit Hydro, LLC is currently working on a Pre-Application Document (PAD) to trigger formal licensing proceedings. The PAD provides FERC with existing information about the site to help identify information needs and issues. Summit Metro Parks was asked to respond with available information. They responded with information on rare, threatened and endangered species; investment made in Silver Creek Metro Park; studies done to show cultural resources found within the park; fish and aquatic species and more. Friends of Metro Parks submitted a letter to the FERC in 2014 in opposition to granting New Summit Hydro a preliminary permit. Summit Metro Parks filed a protest to granting a preliminary permit for this project. Additionally, Friends of Metro Parks restated opposition to the project and to formal licensing proceedings in a letter to the FERC dated September 6, 2016 

Deer Management: Metro Parks is charged with managing natural resources, and a balance must be maintained between a healthy deer population and a healthy ecosystem. Friends of Metro Parks fully supports the park district's deer-density reduction plan, which has received approval from the Ohio Division of Wildlife, and similar methods have proven successful in other parks throughout Ohio and the United States. All harvested animals are processed and given to the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank. More

 



 

Ohio Legislators

Senator Frank LaRose (R), District 27
Senate Building
1 Capitol Square, 2nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
ph:614-466-4823
fax:614-466-4861
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Senator Vernon Sykes (D), District 28
Senate Building
1 Capitol Square, 1st Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
ph:614-466-7041
fax:614-466-4120
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State Rep Anthony DeVitis (R), District 36
77 S. High St., 11th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
ph:614-466-1790
fax:614-719-6943
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State Rep Greta Johnson (D), District 35
77 S. High St., 11th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
ph:614-644-6037
fax:614-719-6945
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State Rep Emilia Sykes (D), District 34
77 S. High St., 10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
ph:614-466-3100
fax:614-719-6944
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State Rep Kristina Roegner (R), District 37
77 S. High St., 11th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
ph:614-466-1177
fax:614-719-6942
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State Rep Marilyn Slaby (R), District 38
77 S. High St., 11th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
ph:614-644-5085; 330-864-8477
fax:614-719-6941
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House of Representatives

The Honorable Marcia Fudge (D)
11th District
House of Representatives
2344 Rayburn HOB
Washington D.C. 20515
ph:202-225-7032
fax:202-225-1339
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The Honorable Tim Ryan (D)
13th District
House of Representatives
1421 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
ph:202-225-5261
fax:202-225-3719
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The Honorable David P. Joyce (D)
14th District
House of Representatives
1535 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
ph:202-225-5731
fax:202-225-3307
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The Honorable Jim Renacci (R)
16th District
House of Representatives
130 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
ph:202-225-3876
fax:202-225-3059
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Senate

Senator Sherrod Brown
713 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
ph: 202-224-2315
fax: 202-228-6321
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Senator Rob Portman
448 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
ph: 202-224-3353
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