Since 1921, Summit Metro Parks has been providing recreational and educational opportunities for Summit County residents through the development and conservation of natural resources.
Metro Parks manages 14,300 acres, including 16 developed parks, several conservation areas and more than 125 miles of trails, with the 34-mile Bike & Hike Trail and 22.4 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.
Other resources include the 10,000-square-feet visitors center at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm; more than 700 picnic sites, including tables in 10 reservable open-air shelters and six enclosed pavilions; two swimming lakes, two boating areas and seven fishing locations; areas for sledding, ice skating and cross-country skiing; fields for baseball, softball and soccer; and courts for tennis, volleyball and basketball.
Also contained within the parks and conservation areas are numerous examples of Ohio's natural ecosystems. Among the flora and fauna found are more than 100 different rare and endangered species of plants and wildlife.
District-wide attendance averages at 5,200,000. Annually, an estimated 50,000 people enjoy the Fall Hiking Spree, while 10,000 people participate in the award-winning Spree For All, a hiking series for people of all abilities. On average, more than 30,000 visitors enjoy hikes and programs led by naturalists. Park rangers protect resources, maintain good order and ensure visitor safety.
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