Course set to open Aug. 26 in Barberton
A new Summit Metro Parks area in southwest Summit County will soon host college and high school runners.
The Silver Creek Metro Park Cross-country Course (4579 Medina Line Road in Barberton) is scheduled to open Aug. 26.
Built to college specifications, the course sits on about 140 acres. It has a 1-mile inner loop and a 1.25-mile outer loop. The trails measure 10 meters (33 feet) wide.
Summit Metro Parks purchased the former farmland, located north of the existing Silver Creek trails and facilities and north of the intersection of Medina Line and Johnson roads in Norton, in 2011 and 2012.
The park district worked closely with coaches from The University of Akron as it developed initial plans for the course that will help take the pressure off of two Metro Parks in Akron, spokesperson Nathan Eppink said.
"Firestone Metro Park and Goodyear Heights Metro Park host a lot of cross-country practices and meets, and the parking lots and trails can become congested," Eppink said. "We hope to move a lot of those events to Silver Creek Metro Park."
There are two cross country meets scheduled in the new Silver Creek area within the first nine days of September. During meets, the Cross-country Course will be closed to the public. Closures will be posted at summitmetroparks.org, under the yellow "Park & Trail Alerts" tab, as they are scheduled.
On most days, visitors to the Cross-country Course may enjoy a quiet walk or run in the area, which features a gently rolling landscape, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Pets (on leashes 8 feet long or less) will be permitted and restrooms will be available.
Schools and groups interested in reserving the area must do so by submitting a special-use permit at least four weeks in advance. Permits can be downloaded under "Things to Do" on the district's website.
The Silver Creek Cross-country Course can accommodate several thousand runners and spectators.
For larger events, vehicles will have to park in other parts of Silver Creek Metro Park, and people will need to be shuttled over.
For more information about Summit Metro Parks, visit www.summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065.
offered twice a week
For boys and girls in grades 3 through 6, the Tallmadge Youth Cross Country club is scheduled to meet every Monday and Wednesday after school at Monroe Elementary.
For more information, email Tallmadge High School cross country head coach Jeremy Huth at email@example.com.
Kent State is
Kent State University is accepting teams in the following recreational sports leagues: basketball, men's Friday night; and volleyball, co-recreational Sunday night.
For more information, contact Greg Bailey at 330-672-0463, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.kent.edu/recservices/sports/community.