Rock Creek Trail reopens in Richfield

The 1.2-mile Rock Creek Trail in Furnace Run Metro Park, 4955 Townsend Road in Richfield, was reopened June 18 after being closed for five weeks due to coyotes.

The closure began after visitors reported seeing a coyote in an area where a den was suspected. Adult coyotes can be very territorial when guarding their pups, which are born in April and May, so the trail was closed as a precaution.

Park officials believe the pups have matured and the family has abandoned the den.

Coyotes, found in each of Ohio's 88 counties, can weigh up to 50 pounds.

The wild canines are normally reclusive and feed on small mammals like mice, rats and voles.

For more information, call the natural resources department at 330-923-0720.

Offices closed July 4

The Metro Parks administrative offices, 975 Treaty Line Road in Akron, will be closed July 4. The visitors center at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road in Akron, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Normal hours for the administrative offices are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The visitors center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 330-865-8065.

Music by the Lake

scheduled for July 6

Munroe Falls Metro Park, 521 S. River Road, will host Music by the Lake July 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of free lake swimming and a hour-long performance by the Metro Parks Ensemble. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m., and Friends of Metro Parks will serve free cake and ice cream while supplies last. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on.

The concert will be canceled if it rains. If wet weather is forecast, call 330-865-8060 for concert status after 4 p.m.