Rep. Sykes Announces $500,000 In State Funds For Summit Metro Park Trails
Project to link University of Akron to Towpath Trail

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the release of $500,000 in state funds to the Summit Metro Parks to provide trail linkage from Mill Street at the University of Akron to the Towpath Trail.

“Improving our trailway infrastructure not only promotes healthy lifestyles, but also improves safety for walkers, bikers and all those who use our system,” said Rep. Sykes. “Summit County is fortunate to have such a beautiful natural resource in our metro parks. The funding to allow us to link Mill Street and the University of Akron to the Towpath Trail is major step forward in improving transportation, recreation and connectivity in our community.”

The project is funded through the 2017 Clean Ohio Trails Fund, which works to upgrade outdoor recreational areas in Ohio. Summit Metro Parks currently manages over 14,300 acres of parkland, which includes more than 125 miles of trails.

Rep. Sykes is a member of the newly created Ohio Trails Caucus, which highlights the economic and societal benefits of Ohio’s trail systems. 

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