Summit Metro Parks is hosting special programs every month in or about Gorge Metro Park, located in Cuyahoga Falls and Akron, where there is a push to remove an obsolete 105-year-old concrete dam.

The "Free the Falls" series already includes a number of hikes and talks through May, and more will be scheduled for summer and fall. The series name refers to the city's namesake falls, which have been buried beneath the dam pool for generations.

Unless otherwise indicated, the following events will begin in Gorge Metro Park, at 1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls:

March 16, 2-3:30 p.m. -- GORGE HISTORY HIKE

Hike with a naturalist and learn about the history of the Gorge.

March 30, 6-7 p.m. -- BRINGING DOWN THE DAM

Hear the interwoven story of the Gorge Dam, the Cuyahoga River and Gorge Metro Park. The power of gravity, scenic beauty, competing economies, contamination and restoration. Location: F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm Visitors Center at 1828 Smith Road, Akron.

For more information about these programs, call 330-865-8065 or visit

To schedule a program or presentation about the Gorge Dam for a civic, school or church group, email Elaine Marsh, watershed specialist, at emarsh@