Summit Metro Parks is a Metroparks system serving the citizens of Summit County, Ohio by managing 14,000 acres (5,700 ha) in 16 developed parks, six conservation areas and more than 150 miles (240 km) of trails, with 22.4 miles (36.0 km) of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. The park district is fully supported by a levy, which voters are periodically asked to approve. Rangers are commissioned peace officers who provide safety and security by enforcing the park district’s rules, state, and local laws.
In times of war, people often look for ways to escape the news and demands of the era. During World War I, Americans increasingly looked to parks and natural areas for temporary diversions. Congress responded by creating the National Park Service in 1916, and the Ohio General Assembly made possible the formation of metropolitan park districts the following year. In July 1917, Cleveland Metroparks became the first metropolitan park district in Ohio. On December 31, 1921, Metro Parks (the Akron Metropolitan Park District) became the second park system established under Chapter 1545 of the Ohio Revised Code.
Today, Metro Parks manages 13,000 acres (5,300 ha), including 14 developed parks, six conservation areas and more than 125 miles (201 km) of trails, with 22.4 miles (36.0 km) of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Annual attendance averages 4.5 million visitors.
Named for Sherman and Mary Schumacher, who donated 171 acres to Metro Parks in 1968, Schumacher Valley remains one of the most rugged areas within Akron,Ohio. Located in the valley’s pre-glacial bedrock canyon are steep-cut ravines indicative of the Cuyahoga River’s tributary streams. A canopy of oak, American beech, sassafras and black cherry covers smaller shrubs. Herbs and wildflowers include spring beauty, Jack-in-the-pulpit, rue anemone, and jewelweed. Great horned owls, chickadees and six species of woodpecker take cover here.
In addition to 13 developed parks and more than 120 miles of trails, Metro Parks manages several conservation areas to preserve Summit County’s natural resources. While these conservation areas are not officially open to the public, most are accessible via neighboring trails. Bed Bug Exterminator Akron
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