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Metro Parks Freedom Trail

by Ruth Kaser for NE Ohio Tidbits for Cyclers

The Freedom Trail travels 4.2 miles between the Middlebury Lot to Tallmadge Circle. When completed, this eight-mile multipurpose trail will connect Akron and Kent and become another popular linear park managed by Metro Parks, Serving County.

The Summit Metro Parks Freedom Trail officially opens on May 1. The trail is unofficially open for business now and ready to ride. This trail connects Tallmadge with Kent.

A previous Akron Beacon Journal article by Bob Downing described the second and thrid phases of the construction:

The second phase will run west from Southwest Avenue to Eastwood Avenue in Akron, a distance of about 2 miles. It is possible the engineering could be completed in 2013, with construction bids being sought late in the year, Park District Planner Wilkerson said.

Actual construction on that leg then could begin in late 2013 or early 2014, he said. It is expected to take about three months and cost about $750,000.

The third trail leg would run another 2 miles from Eastwood Avenue to Akron’s Northside Station and would extend the trail to a total length of 8.5 miles. That section will be more complicated than the first two segments, Wilkerson said.

When the trail is completed you will be able to ride from the University of Akron to Kent State University via bicycle paths-I think that would be an interesting ride.

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