Release Date: April 29,2020

Summit County Voters Approve Park Levy

Akron, OH, April 29, 2020 – Summit County Issue 11, a nine-year, 1.46-mill renewal and 0.54-mill additional levy for Summit Metro Parks, was approved by 73 percent of voters when initial election results were tallied on Tuesday, April 28. The levy provides 90 percent of the park district’s funding for clean and safe parks and conservation of natural resources.

“We are extremely grateful for the support the public has shown for their Metro Parks,” said Executive Director Lisa King. “As responsible stewards of Summit County’s natural and financial resources, we will continue to fulfill our promise of providing a high-quality park experience for all to enjoy.”

Residents will see this funding at work every day in the district’s 16 clean and safe parks and 150 miles of trails. To augment levy funding, Summit Metro Parks plans to continue to successfully compete for grants that help keep large projects moving forward.

Property owners will pay $60.54 per year per $100,000 valuation. Established in 1921, Summit Metro Parks is the second oldest metropolitan park district in Ohio. Its first levy was approved in 1929.

Summit Metro Parks manages 14,000 acres, including 16 parks, several conservation areas and more than 150 miles of trails, with 22 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Annual attendance averages 5 million visits. Visit us online at summitmetroparks.org.