Freedom Trail plans open to public


Park planners have revised future plans for the Freedom Trail, a multipurpose trail managed by Summit Metro Parks. Because this project is funded by a federal grant, the park district is required to offer the public a chance to comment or submit questions about the proposed plans for future extensions.

Starting near the Portage Hike & Bike Trail in Kent, this multipurpose trail -- on land owned by METRO Regional Transit Authority -- follows an unused railroad corridor. The first 4.2 miles of the trail, from Middlebury Road in Kent to Southwest Avenue near Tallmadge Circle, were completed in 2013. An additional 2-mile section, from Tallmadge Circle to Eastwood Avenue in Akron, will be completed soon.

Public comments will be accepted for the proposed plans, which extend the trail from Eastwood Avenue in Akron to Rosa Parks Drive. Freedom Trail plans and the comment form are available at and in person at the Summit Metro Parks administrative offices, 975 Treaty Line Road, Akron, through Sept. 30 at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call the administrative offices at 330-867-5511 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.