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Metro Parks announces event dates for 2013

5/2/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

SUMMIT COUNTY — In addition to 125 miles of trails for self-guided fun and dozens of monthly programs led by park naturalists, the following special events — including a new cycling program — will by offered this summer by Metro Parks, Serving Summit County. For more information, visit www.summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065.

  • 10th Annual Spree for All, now through June 30, multiple locations. Hikers on foot and those with strollers, wheelchairs, walkers and canes can enjoy flat, easy trails during this hiking series for people of all abilities. Complete at least five hikes (on five different trails, the same trail or any combination of trails) to receive hiking rewards. Rewards are free to Summit County residents. Out-of-county residents must pay to receive their hiking rewards ($10 for first-year hikers and $5 for veteran hikers). Hiking forms with the list of trails will be available starting April 15 at: www.summitmetroparks.org; F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road in West Akron; the park district’s administrative offices, 975 Treaty Line Road in West Akron; and all Acme Fresh Market stores in Summit County.
  • Music by the Lake, June 12, July 10 and Aug. 7 at Silver Creek Metro Park’s Bathhouse, 5000 Hametown Road in Norton, and June 18, July 16 and Aug. 13 at Munroe Falls Metro Park, 521 South River Road, from 5 to 8 p.m. An evening of free lake swimming will be followed by live music at 6 p.m. Free dessert will be served while supplies last. If it rains, the concert will be canceled. If wet weather is forecast, call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. for the concert’s status.
  • Pops ’N More, June 20, July 18 and Aug. 15, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Firestone Metro Park’s Coventry Oaks Pavilion, 40 Axline Ave. in South Akron. Dessert will be served accompanying an hour of live music. If it rains, the concert will be canceled. If wet weather is forecast, call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. for the concert’s status.
  • Inaugural Summer Biking Spree, July 1 through Aug. 31, multiple locations. Cyclists of all ages are invited to participate in this first-time event and earn rewards in the process by riding at least five sections of the multipurpose trails managed by Metro Parks, Serving Summit County. They include the 34-mile Bike & Hike Trail, 22.4 miles of the Towpath Trail and the new 4.2-mile Freedom Trail in Tallmadge. Rewards are free to Summit County residents. Out-of-county residents must pay $10 to receive their rewards. Spree forms with the list of trail sections will be available starting June 15 at: www.summitmetroparks.org; the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm; the park district’s administrative offices; and all Acme Fresh Market stores in Summit County.
  • Fall Hiking Spree Kickoff, Aug. 31, noon to 3 p.m., multiple locations. Attendees can get an early start on the 50th Annual Fall Hiking Spree at five of the Metro Parks included in the first Spree half a century ago. From noon to 3 p.m., a naturalist will be on hand and Spree T-shirts will be for sale at Firestone Metro Park’s Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Road in South Akron. From 1 to 3 p.m., Metro Parks mascots will be at the following four locations: Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park, 5779 Riverview Road in Peninsula; Gorge Metro Park, 1160 Front St. in Cuyahoga Falls; Goodyear Heights Metro Park, Pioneer Area, 550 Frazier Ave. in East Akron; and Sand Run Metro Park, Wadsworth Area, 1400 Sand Run Parkway in West Akron. All other Fall Hiking Spree hikes must be completed Sept. 1 through Nov. 30.
  • 50th Annual Fall Hiking Spree, Sept. 1 through Nov. 30, multiple locations. Those who hike at least eight designated trails will receive hiking rewards. Rewards are free to Summit County residents. Out-of-county residents must pay to receive their hiking rewards ($10 for first-year hikers and $5 for veteran hikers). Hiking forms with the list of trails will be available starting Aug. 15 at: www.summitmetroparks.org; the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm; the park district’s administrative offices; and all Acme Fresh Market stores in Summit County.
  • Fall Family Outing, Oct. 5 at Goodyear Heights Metro Park’s Main Entrance, 2077 Newton St., and Oct. 12 at Silver Creek Metro Park’s Bathhouse, 6 to 9 p.m. Families are invited to enjoy free hayrides, bonfires, naturalist activities, live music, apple cider, cookies and more. A wheelchair-accessible hay wagon is available.
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