The Freedom Trail is currently 4.2 miles long, and runs from the Middlebury Lot to Tallmadge Circle. However, when completed, this multipurpose trail will be eight-miles and will connect Akron and Kent.The first 4.2 miles of Phase I, from Middlebury Road in Kent to Southwest Avenue near Tallmadge Circle, were dedicated May 1, 2013. Phase II construction, two miles from Tallmadge Circle to Eastwood Avenue in Akron, was scheduled to be completed in early November 2014.
The tricky portion of the trail involves the third phase-linking the Freedom Trail to the TowPath Trail. The original plan was to connect at Northside Station, however a steep slope now calls for an alternative possibly along the railroad track from Mill Street near Quaker Square to south of East Exchange, or to Rosa Parks Drive near the Metro Regional Transit Authority transportation facility.
Summit Metro Parks has applied for a National Heritage Area Grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior to look at extending the trail. The grant would be for a feasibility study. The grant winners should be announced this month.