by Lauren Collins
In the heat of Akron summer, with temperatures reaching the high 90s and humidity being off the charts, what better way to cool off than swimming in a beautiful and serene Metro Park lake? The sun shines off the water and sunbathers float by on rafts, narrowly avoiding the squealing kids who are splashing around, unable to contain their excitement and joy that the school year has come to an end. Lake swimming in the Munroe Falls Metro Park and the Silver Creek Metro Park is open for business again on Saturday, May 27, so grab your bathing suit, towels, sunglasses and sunscreen and head to the Metro Parks.
“What’s unique and valuable about our parks is that they are natural areas the public can go to be surrounded by the beauty of nature, to disconnect and unwind” says Lindsay Smith, Marketing Coordinator of the Summit Metro Parks.
Swimming is not limited to Summit County residents, so everyone can join the fun. Daily admission is $4 for adults, $3 for ages 2-12. Kids under the age of 2 always have free admission. Pre-season passes are available at a reduced rate for Summit County residents: $25 for adults, $10 for ages 2-12 and senior citizens 65 or older. Resident season passes purchased after May 26 will be $5 more. Non-resident pre-season passes are $30 for adults or $15 for ages 2-12 and senior citizens 65 or older. Kids under the age of 2 are still free. A season pass includes access to both of the parks beach areas, until August 13.
“Today, it’s becoming harder to find time and opportunities to connect with nature,” says Smith.
If you’re not much of a swimmer but you’re still looking for that connection with nature, there’s plenty more to do at these two locations, including boating, archery, fishing, several hiking trails and picnic areas for a nice outdoor lunch.
Munroe Falls Metro park is located at 521 S River Rd, Munroe Falls
Silver Creek Metro Park is located at 5000 Hametown Rd, Norton
These exclusive beach areas are open from 11 am to 7pm on weekdays and 10 am to 8pm on weekends and holidays.
For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-867-5511[Featured photo from Summit County Metro Parks]