Beginning Thursday, January 16, public access to Liberty Park’s Pond Brook Conservation Area (3973 E. Aurora Rd., Twinsburg) will be limited, as a contractor begins the second phase of a multi-year stream restoration project.
Over several months in 2014, about one mile of the Pond Brook stream corridor will be restored, with meanders and riffles added, north of SR 82 and near the Portage County line. The parking lot and 1.6-mile Buttonbush Trail may be closed periodically during construction, but naturalist-led programs scheduled this spring will not be affected. Visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-867-5511 for updates.
The work, paid for by an Ohio EPA Section 319 Grant, will bring to nearly four miles the total length of Pond Brook restored by Metro Parks since 2007.
Mike Johnson, chief of natural resources, described the project as having a ripple effect. "We’re trying to put back some of the functions and values of a natural environment," he said. The once ditched and drained Pond Brook is now healthier, as biologists have noted improved water quality and a reduction in non-native fish species.
The 1,908-acre Liberty Park is a partnership between the City of Twinsburg and Metro Parks, Serving Summit County. The city manages the park's 100-acre recreation area, including play fields and a playground. Metro Parks manages the remaining acreage, including two trails and the Pond Brook Conservation Area.