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Release Date: August 6,2021

Probate Court & Summit Metro Parks offer 3rd annual Promises in the Park: A FREE Outdoor Wedding Event

(Summit County, Ohio) –  Summit County Probate Court and Summit Metro Parks are partnering to offer a free outdoor wedding or vow renewal ceremony for Summit County residents at Goodyear Heights Metro Park.  The ceremony, Promises in the Park: An Outdoor Wedding Event, will take place on Friday, September 3, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. Summit County Common Pleas Judge Alison Breaux will officiate on behalf of Probate Court for the third annual event. 

Those wishing to marry or renew their vows should preregister at

“With all of the uncertainty of the past two years, so many have had plans change and rugs pulled out from under them,” said Breaux. “I am excited to have  the opportunity to support couples who are ready to commit  or recommit to one another in our beautiful parks.”

The event will take place in a shaded outdoor setting featuring beautiful park views. To commemorate the ceremony, Summit Metro Parks will provide a sapling tree for each couple to plant at home in honor of their marriage.  Cupcakes and music will be provided for the ceremony.  In the event of rain, the event will move indoors to the Goodyear Metro Park Lodge.  Each couple can invite up to 10 guests for the outside event.  In the event of rain,  the guests may be limited due to space restrictions and COVID 19 safety guidance. Photographs are not only allowed but encouraged.

“We are pleased to once again welcome couples to join their lives in the Metro Parks,” said Executive Director of Summit Metro Parks Lisa King. “We hope this event continues to serve as a symbol of hope and happiness in an otherwise challenging time.”

For more information regarding the ceremony or Summit County Probate Court’s Outreach Program, please contact Lisa Mansfield at (330) 643-7346. 

Couples must obtain a marriage license from Summit County Probate Court prior to the ceremony at the Summit County Court House.  Go to for details on obtaining your license.  

The Summit County Court House is open to the public 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 209 S High St, Akron.  In order to process your application and issue a license, you must be at the Court no later than 3:45 p.m.

For more information on parks and programs offered by Summit Metro Parks, visit