Free Family Fun at Summit Metro Parks this Summer

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July is Park and Recreation Month, and there’s no better time to get out and explore the amazing parks we have right here in Summit County! Summit Metro Parks offers countless opportunities for family fun, free activities, and the chance to get kids out in nature all year long. Whether you’re into fishing, paddling, archery, or just enjoying live music in the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone this summer.

Fun-Filled Family Activities

Join the naturalists for the Recreation Open House on July 7 at the Tinkers Creek Area of Liberty Park. We love all the special events at Tinkers Creek, they have programs year-round for every age. Don’t forget to bring the grandparents! This open house is perfect for families wanting to try fishing, paddling, and archery all in one day. Our parks provide the ideal setting to try something new and exciting with your kids.

Enjoy Live Music at Summer Concerts

Music by the Lake, presented by Wayside Furniture, is back! Enjoy live music by the Metro Parks Ensemble, an all-volunteer group playing a variety of tunes.

Bring your chairs and blankets and join us for an evening of family-friendly fun:

Concerts start at 7 p.m. and are free to the public. Just remember to check the weather, as concerts will be canceled in the event of rain.

Explore New Trails and River Access

Run the new Jogging Trail extension in Sand Run Metro Park. The extension between Portage Path and Merriman Road is now open, providing a beautiful, car-free route perfect for walking, running, or cycling. This new trail connects you to the Valley Link and Towpath trails near Big Bend, enhancing your outdoor experience.

Get ready for the upcoming Valley View river access site at Cascade Valley Metro Park. Opening at the end of the month, this site will offer kayaking, hiking trails, restrooms, and play equipment. It’s the perfect spot for a family picnic by the river!

Find a trail near you!

Dog Swim Days and Touch-a-Truck

Every Thursday through Labor Day, bring your furry friends to Munroe Falls Lake for Dog Swim Days. Let your dogs splash around and enjoy the water!

Save the date for Touch-a-Truck on August 3. Kids of all ages can explore various Summit Metro Parks and local emergency response vehicles. The event will feature Air Bear from Akron Children’s Hospital, food trucks, and a special autism and sensory-friendly hour from 10 to 11 a.m.


Join the Fight Against Invasive Species

Summit Metro Parks encourages everyone to embrace native plants this summer. Non-native plants can harm local ecosystems, while native plants support wildlife and promote biodiversity. Participate in the Grow a Wild Back Yard program and take a brief survey for a chance to win a FREE native sapling.

Celebrate World Ranger Day

On July 31, we celebrate World Ranger Day to honor the hard work of rangers who protect our natural treasures. Thank our Summit Metro Parks rangers for their dedication to ensuring safe and enjoyable park experiences for all visitors.

Support Summit Metro Parks

Show your support by purchasing a Summit Metro Parks license plate from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Proceeds help benefit the park district, and you get a stylish plate to show your park pride!

Plan Your Visit

With a variety of in-person, virtual, and self-guided programs, there’s something for everyone at Summit Metro Parks. Download their bimonthly guide or visit our website for a complete list of offerings and events. For more information, call 330-865-8065 or visit

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